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Judge vows to shield jurors in officer's murder retrial

Judge Leslie Ghiz sets rules regarding jurors and questionnaires (WKRC file)

CINCINNATI (AP) - Hamilton County Judge Leslie Ghiz is vowing to shield jurors' identities in the murder retrial of former UC officer Ray Tensing, who fatally shot Sam DuBose during a traffic stop.

Judge Ghiz said in a hearing Thursday she will do everything in her power to make sure jurors aren't distracted during the case. She warned journalists against photographing or recording jurors.

While recording jurors wasn't a problem in the first trial, jurors did refuse to come back from a break on one day. They were afraid they were going to be photographed.

Jurors were also fearful after after a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request was filed for their lengthy juror questionnaires. While the judge in that trial, Judge Megan Shanahan, said she would have all identifying information redacted, jurors were still concerned. Eventually, the request for the questionnaires was pulled and the trial continued.

Judge Ghiz said on Thursday that she won't release their answers on lengthy questionnaires until after this trial.

A court official says an initial pool of about 235 people is expected to report next Thursday.

Tensing's first trial last year with similar restrictions ended in a hung jury.

Tensing testified he feared for his life when Samuel DuBose tried to drive away from a 2015 traffic stop.

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