The attorney for former Speaker of the U.S. Dwelling of Representatives Dennis Hastert has filed a movement for a juror questionnaire alternatively than acquiring jurors post to oral thoughts from attorneys all through jury variety.
Hastert’s lawyer John Ellis filed the movement in Kendall County on Aug.13.
The questionnaire asks potential jurors if they know Doe, Hastert, the witnesses or the lawyers in the circumstance.
Ellis argues in his movement for the questionnaire that pre-trial publicity of proof and testimony in the circumstance has been incorrect. Ellis also contends that the juror questionnaire will make certain that any bias or prejudice will be uncovered for the duration of jury assortment.
And Ellis argues that the COVID-19 Pandemic may perhaps change jurors’ need or ability to serve on a jury.
Decide Robert Pilmer mentioned in June of this 12 months that a much larger jury pool will be needed for the reason that of publicity encompassing the circumstance.
Legal professionals will be in court this coming Friday at 1:00 p.m.
Jury selection for probable demo is set for Sept. 16, with the trial established to commence on Sept. 20. The circumstance has been in Kendall County Court docket for in excess of 5 many years.
Hastert coached wrestling and taught social experiments at Yorkville H.S. from 1965 to 1981. James Doe was just one of Hastert’s wrestlers in the late 1970’s.
Doe is suing the previous Speaker for $1.8 million, alleging Hastert broke a verbal contract to pay Doe $3.5 million for Doe’s silence adhering to Hastert’s sexual abuse of Doe when Doe was attending a Hastert wrestling camp the summer time just before Doe’s freshman yr at Yorkville Large.
Hastert expended 13 months in jail for Forex Structuring right after neighborhood banks reported he was withdrawing huge sums of hard cash, which he evidently employed to fork out Doe.