TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Nov 15, 2017
Knox County Criminal Court Judge Steve Sword is refusing to move the trial of three young men accused of killing 15-year-old Fulton High School student Zaevion Dobson, Knoxnews reports. Sword said that despite the national spotlight on Dobson, such as an ESPN documentary and words from former President Barack Obama, none of the attention focused on the defendants and therefore would not poison the minds of potential jurors in Knox County. He did, however, summon a larger than usual jury pool of 500. Sword also will allow jurors to see a YouTube video featuring the defendants in which they lip sync to a rap song with lyrics about gang activity.