The verdicts in the Sean Bell case proved once more that a jury trial is not always the best option. A judge's verdict of not guilty on all counts for the three police officers accused of killing Bell on the eve of his wedding serves as a reminder as to why many defendants -- particularly those who work in law enforcement -- leave the judgment to the court. The key reason to opt out of a jury trial, say legal experts: the emotions that law enforcement officials stir in certain jurisdictions.
Acquittals in Sean Bell Case Point Out Advantages of a Non-Jury Trial
New York Law Journal
April 28, 2008