Sunday, December 11, 2011

Inmate: Alabama Judge Allowed Drinking During Trial

A new death penalty ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court sides with Mobile County Circuit Judge Charlie Graddick, who's now running for chief justice.

Death row inmate Jeremy Bryan Jones contends in an appeal that Graddick let an alcoholic juror drink during his 2005 trial, which ended in a death sentence. His claim is revealed in an opinion released Friday by the court.

Jones' attorney claims a juror revealed that Graddick allowed him to drink while sequestered for the trial, and that Graddick knew the juror was an alcoholic. The lawyer argues Graddick didn't tell the defense and may now be a witness during appeals.

The Supreme Court says Graddick can remain on the case, however.

Jones was convicted in the slaying of 43-year-old Lisa Marie Nichols in Mobile County.

Source: Associated Press, December 11, 2011