***Copied from Ahwatukee Foothills News***
"Juror Being Scrutinized in Harrod Case"
by Guinda Reeves
November 8, 1997
A question has arisen in the murder trial of an Ahwatukee Foothills man, James Cornel Harrod, 43, of whether a femal juror expecting the defendant to testify will taint other jurors with her attitude, and whether her decision of guilt or innocence will be prejudiced if he doesn't testify.
Presiding criminal Judge Ronald S. Reinstein of Maricopa County Superior Court so far hasn't removed the juror in question, but could decide to replace her with an alternate juror.
Defense co-counsel Michael Bernays rised the juror issue for the second time in less than a week during Day 9 of the trial, or November 5.
The judge had decided on Day 8, October 30, to question that same femal juror after it was revealed that she had submitted a written questin to Reinstein, asking whether Harrod would testify on his own behalf during the trial, "and if not, why not?"
Bernays then cited Harrod's right to "trial by an impartial jury," of which the defense attorney was doubtful, based on the juror's inquiry and probable bias against a defendant who exercises the constitutional right not to testify. (Defense attorneys routinely advise their clients not to take the witness stand, preferring to force the prosecution to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.)
So far, and defense co-counsel Tonya McMath have said they haven't yet determined whether their client will testify in the trial.
Harrod is accused of first-degree murder and burglary in connection with the 1988 shooting death of 55-year-old Phoenix socialite Jeanne Tovrea, in her Lincoln Hills Estates home. He faces the death penalty if found guilty.
Prosecutors this week were still presenting some witnesses which they said last week they didn't plan to call, thus delaying the defense presentation.
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