The racial and political storm surrounding the opening of the Abner Louima assault trial is reflected in the 40-page questionnaire that 600 potential jurors filled out yesterday in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn.
In 128 questions assembled after consulting with prosecutors and lawyers for five police officers, Judge Eugene H. Nickerson asks potential jurors about race, the effectiveness of the New York City Police Department and the publicity surrounding the alleged attack of Mr. Louima by police in Brooklyn’s 70th Precinct on Aug. 9, 1997.
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