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Sean Bell Update

Friday, March 21, 2008

Michael Wilson, metro reporter for the New York Times, and WNYC's Arun Venugopal discuss what's happening in the ongoing Sean Bell trial.

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Arun Venugopal and Michael Wilson
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Comments [4]

Katie from FOREST HILLS

Last week there seemed to be a big focus because the police were undercover and then they didn't identify themselves as police and just started firing?

Mar. 21 2008 11:07 AM
ab

Katie,

I would think that an undercover cop would have to identify him/herself when they are arresting someone...otherwise how does the person know they are a cop and not some random person pointing a gun at them or possibly threatening them in some way? Maybe I'm not understanding your question...

Mar. 21 2008 10:37 AM
michael winslow from INWOOD

There is no jury.

the defendants gave up their right to a jury trial because they wouldn't have received a fair trial because of the publicity.

so a judge will decide guilt or innocence

Mar. 21 2008 10:10 AM
Katie from FOREST HILLS

Is there any estimate on when this trial be conclude and jury deliberations begin? Three weeks? a month?

Is it normal for an undercover officer to identify themself when they arrest someone?

I didn't understand the importance of that distinction last week. I appreciate anyone's help to clarify.

Mar. 21 2008 10:06 AM

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