Jose Padilla Jury Shows Up Dressed in Red, White and Blue

Via Discourse.net and the SDFL blog:

In the Jose Padilla trial, jurors showed up today all dressed up. Row one in red. Row two in white. And row three in blue. I’m not kidding.

This reminds me of when when the Scooter Libby dressed in red shirts for Valentine's Day.

The Padilla jury has dressed in coordinating colors before:

One time it was all black. Last Friday all the women wore pink and the men blue.

Analysis, anyone?

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    It Probably (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by squeaky on Tue Jul 03, 2007 at 10:16:31 PM EST
    Has to do with bonding rituals. That is why the one who refused to wear the red in the Libby trial wound up out.
    Individuals in groups want to agree with each other at first so that they can be a group. Later on they may disagree. The holiday themes are really kitch, though.

    jen, (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by cpinva on Wed Jul 04, 2007 at 07:08:24 AM EST
    that's the first thing that came to my mind as well: they're bored.

    actually, i think this bodes well for mr. padilla; that level of boredom means the prosecution isn't presenting a particularly riveting case against him.

    my bet: either they exonerate him entirely, or it ends up in a hung jury.

    Don't know. (1.00 / 0) (#4)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Jul 03, 2007 at 10:35:29 PM EST
    The one and only time I ever served on a jury I was elected foreman, despite my protests..

    That bunch was so independent I was amazed we ever reached a verdict, much less cordinating apparel..

    We cut the guy lose...on the second ballot..

    So maybe Padilla should start looking for pen pals from the ME.

    Eesh. (none / 0) (#1)
    by scribe on Tue Jul 03, 2007 at 10:09:03 PM EST

    Yeah, (none / 0) (#3)
    by Chincoteague on Tue Jul 03, 2007 at 10:18:40 PM EST
    they're loonytoons.

    I find it kinda' creepy (none / 0) (#5)
    by Maggie Mae on Tue Jul 03, 2007 at 11:12:05 PM EST
    I would not be one to go along with this sort of thing. It reminds me of something a clique in high school, or junior high school would do.  On top of the fact that it is the Padilla trial, I would wonder if the jury was going to determine their verdict on the facts or on how patriotic they are.  Totally unnerves me.

    Obviously biased (none / 0) (#6)
    by rothmatisseko on Tue Jul 03, 2007 at 11:29:47 PM EST
    This jury can't render an unbiased verdict based on the law.  Put it this way: what's the point of wearing those colors except to say that you're going to hang 'im high for attacking America?  They should just call a mistrial now instead of wasting years of appeals resolving this simple issue.

    mistrial now (none / 0) (#7)
    by Sailor on Wed Jul 04, 2007 at 12:58:49 AM EST
    Padilla being tried with the others was bizarre. Their cases had no connection to each other.

    And now the jury color coordinates their outfits for de ole red white and blue.

    They've obviously discussed that and the case amongst themselves already.

    Under bush, and with gonzales' compliance it's just a kangaroo court.

    Jury Fashion (none / 0) (#8)
    by womanwarrior on Wed Jul 04, 2007 at 01:39:47 AM EST
        Well, I guess we will be sure what they are thinking when they come out wearing yellow bandannas that say  "support our troops."  
        I have a bad feeling, but then again, maybe if they are truly patriotic and believe in the constitution, they will apply the law fairly and put the government to its burden of proof.  I would certainly argue American Constitutional values to them, if I were one of the defense lawyers.  

    Boredom? (none / 0) (#9)
    by Jen M on Wed Jul 04, 2007 at 06:27:58 AM EST

    Can anyone tell me ... (none / 0) (#11)
    by Sailor on Wed Jul 04, 2007 at 11:39:58 PM EST
    ... what Padilla's case had to do with his co-defendants?

    Why were they tried together? His case was added at the last minute after king george's insistence on locking up American citizens w/o habeas corpus was overturned.

    Red, white and blue indeed.