Thank you for your question. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.I am sorry that you are now in the middle of this situation. Please allow me to fairly analyze the terms and inform you of what the prosecution can and cannot do.You asked: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 jeopardizemy job just so they could question me prior to possibly cross examining me in court?They could come to your workplace if you ignored their past requests. Likewise they do have a right to pursue a subpoena if they somehow felt you to be a useful witness. That is not a threat, it is a legitimate option whenever there is a potential witness who is being uncooperative based on the belief of the party who is pursuing questioning. Either the prosecution or the defense could pursue a subpoena. In terms of being 'armed' or bring more than one person, unless those arms were brandished in your direction and the parties had a license to carry firearms, it is a non-issue, although I do agree that it may cause a subconscious fear of a threat. What is my recourse if I wanted to stand up for my rights? You did when you stated that you did not wish to speak with them. The moment they appeared (which they could do), you could refuse to see them (which is your right). But seeing them first was wiser because it now gives them less reason to pursue a subpoena. Ultimately you can legally deny them access to you, your property, or you workplace. But there is no law that would have forbade them from contacting you or appearing at your work--you just did not have to let them in when they appeared.Hope that helps.
Thank you for your quick response. So, there is no rules on level of escalation they must follow. Like coming to my house first instead of my job?
I ended up cooperating with them, but
their line of questioning was indeed aimed at discrediting me and other coworkers claims that the juror knew the defendant. I am not taking sides on the overall case. I do however believe the defendant should get a fair trial and they did not. I do not understand how they would allow anyone on the jury who remotely new the defendant.
Thank you for your follow-up, Sally.There is no formal level of escalation. In some ways they have an ability to find you where you are located, so if you refused to pick up the phone, they could find you where you worked (since you likewise did not have to pick up the phone or even let them into your property if they appeared there in person). They likely strategically chose the business setting because it would be harder for you to deny them both time and access (since the employer could step in and demand that this get resolved without any further business interference).As for how the jury was picked, I agree that it would taint the pool, and it appears to be poor research on part of the attorneys in charge of jury selection. Knowing someone is generally not enough to keep someone off the jury (think of small towns where folks may indeed know everyone else either directly or by reputation), but using that knowledge is the actual problem. That is likely what happened here.Hope that clarifies.
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