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Judge Criticizes Prosecutors for Dismissing Gay Jurors

A judge today dismissed an entire jury pool after lawyers for six same-sex marriage activists accused of trespassing complained that prosecutors had challenged prospective jurors based on their sexual orientation.

Superior Court Judge Joan Weber, ruling in the so-called "Equality 9" case, granted the defense's motion requesting that she halt jury selection and start over with a new pool.

The defendants are among five men and four women who were arrested on Aug. 19, 2010 as they demonstrated outside the county clerk's office, demanding that same-sex marriages be allowed in San Diego.

The nine were charged with misdemeanors related to unlawfully blocking the entrance to a public office. Three accepted plea agreements last September, leaving six to go to trial.

Attorney Dan Greene, who represents one of the defendants, said motions to dismiss a jury pool are filed occasionally but seldom granted.

A hearing is scheduled tomorrow to determine when the case will resume.

Weber has repeatedly urged prosecutors to consider reducing the misdemeanor charges against the remaining defendants to infractions, saving taxpayers the cost of putting on a trial.

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Peking_Duck_SD | May 1, 2012 at 7:24 p.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

Thank goodness we still have some rational judges left on the bench like Ms. Weber.

Thank you, your honor, for putting a stop to this little charade the prosecution was playing and for trying to save the tax payers money by reducing the charges to infractions.

Apparently the dirty prosecutors prefer to waste the court's time and the people's money on frivolous cases.

It's a keen sign of a very weak case when the prosecution sinks to trying to stack a jury by profiling people.

Who are these prosecutors anyway?

And where is Ms. Dumanis on this?

She wants the gay communities support her for mayor?????????

**THEN SPEAK UP, HONEY! Strap on your most conservative brown pant suit, accent the doubty thing with an understated single strand of pearls, apply a deep maroon hue to your lips, take your WIFE by the arm, and both of you get up in front of a damn camera and publicly call off your salivating jury-rigging blood hounds!

Maybe if you actually took a gutsy political move for the first time in your life you would would actually go up in the polls, dear.

I find it absurd that our District Attorney is an out lesbian who married her own partner during the Pop 8 controversy, and now she is playing petty politics by taking this mickeymouse droppings of a case to court.

SHAME on you Ms. Dumanis, for shame! Maybe now they will take your large, garish banner down from atop the Caliph bar in Hillcrest.

You and dirty Carl are both embarrassments to the gay community!**

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