Prall protests nearly all-white jury to no avail
TRENTON — Tormu Prall’s lawyer played the race card Wednesday when a jury with only one black person was selected for his arson-murder trial.
Defense lawyer Michael Dawson called for their dismissal after Mercer County Superior Court Judge Andrew Smithson told the six men and eight women — all but one white — he’d swear them in Thursday morning. Opening arguments are expected to begin afterward.
Dawson said the 13 whites and sole black woman chosen did not represent a jury of the peers of Prall, an ex-con from Trenton’s Wayne Avenue charged with killing his brother John in a firebombing the morning of Sept. 25, 2007.
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