Ohio Judge Keeps Juror Questions Sealed in Police Case

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CINCINNATI (AP) – The judge in an Ohio police shooting case is refusing to release questions asked by jurors before a mistrial was declared because they were deadlocked.

Hamilton County Judge Leslie Ghiz on Friday ordered that transcripts concerning the questions asked by Ray Tensing’s jurors be sealed.

Ghiz says revealing the jurors’ thought processes could taint the jury pool for a potential third trial of the white former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the July 2015 traffic-stop shooting of an unarmed black motorist.

Ghiz writes that the high-profile case created “a frenzy of such magnitude” that both sides asked for a change of venue.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters hasn’t said whether he’ll try Tensing again after the second mistrial on June 23.