TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 23, 2015

Nashville Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins has granted a mistrial for Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey, two former Vanderbilt University football players convicted of rape. “The defendants have a right to a fair and impartial trial, a right that was violated by juror #9’s conduct," Watkins’ order reads. Following the trial, defense attorneys discovered a juror had been a rape victim 15 years ago. They argued the juror could not be impartial based on his experience, the Tennessean reports. The decision did not address how the case will go forward or whether a new trial date will be set.