A coworker of mine was convicted of a crime several years ago. She its still in jail.
Her defense team has appealed her sentence based on the fact that one of the jurors
actually worked with her and knew her over an extended period of time. Thus she
did not get a fair trial. I worked with both of these people at that time as well and agree
that they knew each other. However, I cannot remember any specific time they talked.
In the first trial I hear that the court was aware that the juror worked at the same company
as the defendant at the same time, but because the juror denied knowing the defendant
they allowed them to stay on the jury. I was not involved with the first trial at all. I was contacted
by the defense as part of their appeal to give a statement saying I believe the juror
knew the defendant. I have that statement to them only because it is what I believe is the truth.
The state prosecutor tried calling me on my home phone and work phone. I ignored the
phone calls because I did not have anything further to say and I suspected all they
were interested in was discrediting my statement. Then the state prosecutor showed up
at my work and asked to see me. The receptionist called me and I told her I was busy and to get their number. Five minutes later my HR representative came and said I have to talk to them or they
will get a subpoena
. The HR person was scared and intimidated I could tell. Because I didn't want to
cause anymore disruption at my work I agreed to go talk to them. It was not pleasant and the prosecutor
was trying to intimidate me. However, when I told them that I was told I don't have to
talk to them, they agreed and said that is true you don't have to talk to us.
So, my questions are:
Did they have the right to come to my work and put on this display of force (3 people, one armed)
and threaten subpoenas and intimidate my HR person and myself and possibly jeopardize
my job just so they could question me prior to possibly cross examining me in court?
What is my recourse if I wanted to stand up for my rights?