Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Jurors discuss Springer trial, decision - Part of Michigan Pilot Jury Program

Couple found guilty of torture, child abuse
Updated: Wednesday, 24 Feb 2010, 1:10 AM EST
Published : Tuesday, 23 Feb 2010, 9:37 PM EST
By Jessica Leffler

CENTREVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) - About one week after telling the judge they were deadlocked, the jurors in the murder and child abuse trial of Anthony and Marsha Springer made a decision.

But it wasn't easy, they said Tuesday night.

The Springers were found guilty of child abuse and torture, but not murder. Anthony and Marsha Springer were tried on first-degree murder and Anthony faced an additional charge for second-degree murder.

The ability of jurors to question witnesses

The ability of jurors to question witnesses is part of a pilot program in Michigan that’s been under way since 2008.

Under the experimental program, the 14-member Springer jury receives copies of reports and other evidence as it is introduced.

Jurors may discuss evidence in the jury room while the trial is in progress as long as all members are present.

The program is being tried in several circuit courts and district courts. At the end of the experiment this year, the state Supreme

Court will decide if any changes could be implemented in courts statewide.

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