CINCINNATI -- A juror has dropped out of the Ray Tensing murder trial, Judge Megan Shanahan announced in court Monday morning.
Juror alternate No. 4, a white woman, removed herself from service due to safety and privacy concerns brought up by jurors Friday. Read more on that here.
Juror questionnaires were originally requested by the Cincinnati Enquirer. Shanahan agreed to release the completed questionnaires with information that could identify jurors removed. After announcing this agreement in court Friday morning, WCPO and WLWT requested the redacted documents.
Friday afternoon, the Cincinnati Enquirer withdrew its request for the questionnaires. WLWT followed. On Monday, Shanahan told the court that WCPO's request was the only remaining request. She said she would not release the questionnaires.
"As a result of the media's request, we lost a juror. Alternate juror No. 4 opted to remove herself from service," she said. "I have decided to revoke my previous order. I will not release questionnaires, redacted or not."
Transparency is essential to the judicial process. We are requesting that the court makes the jury questionnaires accessible to the public. It is an important part of ensuring all sides believe the court is conducting the trial in a fair manner that will result in a final verdict that is appropriate according to the jury.