Both sides scolded in Casey Anthony jury selection

AP News
Posted: May 12, 2011 12:56 PM
Both sides scolded in Casey Anthony jury selection

The judge in the trial of an Orlando woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter chastised attorneys on Thursday for spending three hours questioning a single potential juror.

More than 60 prospective panelists remained on the fourth day of jury selection, and they were being asked questions about pretrial publicity and whether they could impose a death sentence.

After attorneys for both sides took up the first three hours questioning one prospect, Judge Belvin Perry dismissed court for lunch. But not before admonishing both sides.

"Jury selection was not and never was designed to pre-try a case," said Perry, chief judge for the circuit that includes Orlando.

Casey Anthony, 25, is charged with first-degree murder for killing daughter Caylee in 2008. The first three days of jury selection were spent narrowing down a pool of 200 possible jurors. Those who weren't dismissed because of personal conflicts or hardships have advanced to this round.

Jury selection is being held outside Orlando because of intense pretrial publicity.

Perry hopes to have a jury in place to begin trial in Orlando on Tuesday. He said earlier this week that could mean stretching jury selection into Saturday.