Ohio appeals court orders release of juror questionnaires

From The News Tribune

An Ohio appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a judge should release jury questionnaires used for the second trial of a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black motorist.

The three 1st District Court of Appeals judges found that Hamilton County Judge Leslie Ghiz should have released before trial began the 180 completed questionnaires used for jury selection, but removing identifying information including names and addresses. The questionnaires for Ray Tensing's retrial covered a wide range of topics from the potential jurors' relationships with police to their opinions on the Black Lives Matter movement.

"(Ghiz) made insufficient findings to support her decision to withhold the completed juror questionnaires in their entirety from public disclosure," Judge Russell Mock wrote. He was joined by Judges Marilyn Zayas and Dennis Deters.

The murder case was dismissed in July after the second mistrial for the former University of Cincinnati officer in the July 2015 shooting of Sam DuBose during a traffic stop. Federal authorities are reviewing the shooting for possible civil rights violations.

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