Private conversations between judge and prospective jurors should result in retrial for double killer, says lawyer

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“Forty-two (prospective) jurors approached the jury selection judge to discuss something,” Bullerwell said.

“Of course, we don’t know what,” he said.

“By my count nine of them ended up on the jury.”

Bullerwell said Kahsai’s case was a high-profile one and the question of impartiality of prospective jurors was something which should have been openly discussed.

But Crown prosecutor Julie Morgan said the judge was aware of what grounds jurors could be summarily dismissed by her, and raised concerns of potential impartiality separately.

Morgan noted one prospective juror indicated her son was friend’s with Kahsai’s younger brother, something that was brought up open court.

Kahsai was convicted by a jury March 28, 2018 of first-degree murder in the deaths of his mother, Selamawit (Selma) Alem, and her mentally disabled live-in client, Julie Tran, on Oct. 17, 2015.

The appeal judges reserved their decision.

KMartin@postmedia.com

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