Twelve jurors and two alternates have been selected for the trial of 2600 staffmember ShapeShifter. The judge questioned 37 prospective jurors focusing on their attitudes on the credibility of police officers, their experience with the criminal justice system, and other standard questions designed to address their ability to be impartial.
Only one juror was excused for being biased. Prospective juror #11 had been
working at 16th and Walnut during the Republican National Convention, four
blocks away from where ShapeShifter was arrested. She told the court that she'd
been knocked over by fleeing demonstrators while leaving work, and later was
unable to leave her office for two hours. Number 11 went on to express her
outrage at property distruction and "people dragging dumpsters into the
The judge seemed to be pretty reasonable and good humored. He remarked that he was used to trying homicide cases and was a little suprised to be dealing with charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing a highway. Of course, once he takes into account all of the political motivations, it'll all make complete sense.
The trial will commence at 9:30 am on Friday in Room 902 of the Criminal Justice Center, 13th and Filbert Street, near the Philadelphia City Hall. It is expected to end on Monday at the latest.