Will the People Get a Fair Trial?

Judge Morris Jacobson ruled late last week that the murder case of Johannes Mehserle should be moved, saying the ex-BART cop can’t get a fair trial in Alameda County. The judge cited extensive media coverage, inflammatory comments by some political leaders, and the possibility of daily protests as the main reasons for his decision. But while the judge’s ruling is good news for Mehserle, it may turn out to be unfair for the people of Alameda County and to the family of Oscar Grant. Plus, it could put the City of Oakland in grave danger.

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