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The jurors in the Kilpatrick Case

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Information that would identify jurors has been closely guarded by the court since before jury selection began. It is only available to the judge and the attorneys.

Still, some information emerged during voir dire, the part of the jury selection process in which attorneys quiz potential jurors in an effort to detect bias or any other tendencies that could make it harder for them to win their case.

Some jurors were asked more questions than others. Sometimes that was because of the answers they gave in court, other times it was because of the answers they provided when they completed a lengthy jury questionnaire the lawyers reviewed before voir dire began.

If there isn't much information on a juror listed below, it is because they weren't asked many questions in court.

The jurors' responses to the jury questionnaires were not released, but some answers emerged as the attorneys questioned them.

Juror 1

Vital statistics: White woman. Mid-40s.

Professional: She is a mid-level manager at small suburban manufacturer.

Personal: She likes to read about history and enjoys bookstores. She got married two weeks before the trial. She said she likes to play devil's advocate. She has kept a straight face throughout the trial, only showing a little emotion in the final days.

ML's nickname: Jenna Fisher (from "The Office")

Juror 2

Vital statistics: White woman. Early 20s.

Professional: Unknown.

Personal: She has a Twitter account, but has never used it. She doesn't believe news reports and didn't pay much attention to Kilpatrick stories. "I don't care," she said. "No offense. It doesn't have anything to do with me." She said she believes the justice system works, but believes race negatively influences how someone is treated in the criminal justice system. She often has a smile on her face and visibly reacts to testimony. She also occasionally looks out at people watching the proceedings, raising her eyebrows as if to say "What do you make of all this?"

ML's nickname: Perky

Juror 3

Vital statistics: White man. 60s-70s.

Professional: He is retired from a job in which he specialized in installing and maintaining communications.

Personal: He believes the media doesn't tell the whole story. He has served on juries, and once persuaded his fellow jurors to convict a defendant on lesser charges. He has shown little emotion and is often bent over the binder each juror received, diligently taking notes.

ML's nickname: Elmore Leonard

Juror 4

Vital statistics: White man. 50s-60s.

Professional:  He is retired from running an auto repair shop.

Personal: He appeared thoughtful and intense during jury selection. He said he skeptical of the media, adding: "To me, it's like a bunch of vultures going at it." He was more familiar with Kilpatrick's past legal troubles than many of his fellow jurors. He served on a jury before that returned a guilty verdict in a criminal case. He said he found the experience both exciting and overwhelming. He believes racism is a problem and that, in a dispute between a white guy and a black guy, the black guy usually gets the short end.

He supports affirmative action. He is a former Marine who still sports a flat top. When asked by defense attorney Mike Rataj, who is also a former Marine, he said their common bond would not influence his decision. He has appeared serious and attentive throughout the trial. He started out as the first alternate juror, but became one of the 12 jurors who will deliberate on a verdict after one of the original 12 jurors was excused for dozing off. Seems like a potential foreman for the jury.

ML's nickname: Buzz Aldrin

Juror 5

Vital statistics: Black woman. 20s or 30s. Professional: She is a receptionist. Personal: She often looks straight ahead, registering almost no emotion and does not appear to take many notes. ML's nickname: The Quiet One.

Juror 6

Vital statistics: White man. 40s or 50s.

Professional: He works in marketing and sales.

Personal: He became a deacon in a predominantly black church days before the trial began. He attends church several times a week and prays for wisdom. He served on a jury that convicted the defendant. He said he believed Kilpatrick was charismatic and intelligent and "I think he would still be mayor had he not let the city down." He said he likes to play devil's advocate to get people to see the other side of issues. He scrupulously takes notes and showed little emotion, until near the end of the trial, when he joked with a couple jurors sitting near him one day. Seems like a potential foreman for the jury.

ML's Nickname: Wojo (for sports columnist Bob Wojnowski)

Juror 7

Vital statistics: Black woman. 30s.

Professional: Sales. Personal: She has shown little emotion during the trial, though she did kid around with jurors sitting next to her on one of the final days of the trial.

ML's Nickname: The Quiet One II.

Juror 8

Vital statistics: Black woman. 30s. Professional: She helps women and minority suppliers get contracts through equal opportunity.

Personal: She is a lifelong Detroit resident. She listens to a Christian music station. She said most of her friends felt Kilpatrick was guilty of wrongdoing. She said she makes up her own mind and added: "I think the (former) mayor had many people supporting and praying for him and he had available to him lots of Godly men and women who would have helped him to succeed honorably." She diligently takes notes and told the judge during the closing argument for Bernard Kilpatrick that it would be a good idea to halt the proceedings early due to jury illnesses. Seems like a potential forewoman for the jury.

ML's Nickname: Church Woman.

Juror 9

Vital statistics: Black man. 20s or 30s.

Professional: He works in sales and takes classes online.

Personal: He doesn't follow the news, preferring sports coverage, but his sister is a news junkie who believes Kilpatrick is "a very good dresser." He said he believes Kilpatrick is a "very smart and knowledgeable man who has done some good things for the city" but also believes some negative things happened. He said he believes everyone who did something wrong should be charged with a crime and believes race can influence the criminal justice system. He said he believes the government may have charged Kilpatrick to put a stop to practices that have been going on for years, but he still could vote to convict him if the evidence shows he broke the law. He often smiles and appears to get along well with his fellow jurors.

ML's Nickname: Omar Epps.

Juror 10

Vital statistics: Hispanic woman. Early 20s.

Professional: She works part-time as a waitress and a grocery clerk while taking a break from college. Personal: She doesn't believe in minority preferences or affirmative action. She was so nervous before reporting to court to fill out a juror questionnaire that she got physically ill. She was fine by the time jury selection started and, after testimony began, was not shy about asking the lawyers to repeat something or slow down. She has a relative who works in a correctional facility. She studiously took notes throughout the trial, often with both a pen and an assortment of highlighters.

ML's nickname: Lea Michele

Juror 11

Vital statistics: Black woman. 20s or 30s.

Professional: Unemployed, but taking IT classes full-time.

Personal: She voted for Kilpatrick both times he ran for mayor. She said Kilpatrick may have done some things wrong, but it was the media that hurt Detroit's image. She said she would not pre-judge Kilpatrick. "Facts are everything," she said. "Evidence is everything." She has a relative who worked as a corrections officer. She sat rigid in her seat throughout the trial, showing no emotion, but almost fell out of her chair in the final days of the trial when a defense attorney tried to keep a witness he brought in as an expert from testifying about a document as an expert. Has shown a little more emotion during closing arguments, but not much.

ML's nickname: Poker player.

Juror 12

Vital statistics: White woman. 50s.

Professional: Social worker.

Personal: She was more familiar with Kilpatrick's history than most jurors, but takes media reports "with a boulder of salt." When asked if Kilpatrick hurt the city's image, she answered that when she travels, people say of Detroit, "Oh, that's a corrupt area." She later said people should visit Detroit before forming an opinion. She also believes we need to keep working to improve race relations. Very energetic, enthusiastic and agreeable when answering lawyers questions during jury selection. She was attentive as a juror, showing little reaction to testimony.

ML's nickname: Chatty.

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