Can Luka Magnotta get a fair trial?

It’s been some time since we had any news about accused murderer Luka Magnotta; much to his chagrin no doubt. He is also accused of committing indignities to a human corpse, mailing obscene materials, publishing obscene materials and threatening public officials.

Canadian Press

His penchant for attention is well documented; from making porn films to filming the actual murder of Jun Lin, Magnotta  seems to have an insatiable longing for attention. This would ultimately lead to his arrest as, even in his final  moments of freedom, he was discovered surfing the web for news of himself in a Berlin Internet cafe. Devious?  Cruel? Wicked?- you bet. Bright? – not so much.

Now he’s been dealt a cruel blow, and not by the prosecution or jury, but by his own defense lawyers. They have asked for a complete ban on media during the jury trial. They even want the courtroom empty except for jurors. If the driving force behind Magnotta’s heinous act was fame and media focus, he may be out of luck.

Magnotta’s defense argued that the way Magnotta is being portrayed in the media could bias members of the jury. It seems to me a media ban is a wee bit late. Any juror of his “peers” will already have seen media coverage of his crime and arrest. Given the grandiose nature of this whole sad affair, is it realistic to think a jury can be found without a bias? Even if the case looks open and shut, the prosecution may have a tough time getting a jury in place.

A decision on the media ban is expected today.

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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