I have watched the media circus surrounding the arrest of a 21-year-old male on suspicion of having murdered nine people in Charleston.
Vast amounts of information are spewing forth from the news media, some of which will undoubtedly be true, some of which will have been entirely made up by newspapers to sell copy, and the rest of which will be somewhere in between.
How is it possible without rules of contempt to ensure that due process is unfettered? How can a jury be impaneled that has not already read so much about the case that they have preconceived ideas as to guilt or innocence?
In the early stages of the search police officials declared it was a hate crime. How exactly did they know this? And couldn't its widespread circulation affect the outcome of the case?