Eleanor Swift Downplays Impact of Pre-Trial Publicity in Bailey Case

Contra Costa Times, February 16, 2011 by Thomas Peele

Eleanor Swift, professor at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, said it seems unusual for a judge to go through jury screening, a process called voir dire, with a motion for venue change undecided. Claims of excessive publicity tainting a jury pool are generally decided after a “ballpark determination is made on the effects on the jury pool,” Swift said.