When the bespectacled man in a light blue t-shirt walked into court Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the District of Columbia first wanted to know what he’d heard about the Greg Craig case.

That morning, with statues of Moses and Hammurabi above him and more than 100 other prospective jurors gathered in the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse’s ceremonial courtroom, the man had written the number “5” in pencil on a blue notecard, signifying he had some familiarity with the case. In the witness chair a couple hours later, in Jackson’s courtroom, he was asked to elaborate.