The judge in his closing statement mentioned his friendship with two of the jurors assuring that he felt they would be fair.
Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney
Talk to your lawyer. With a lawyer representing you, I can't ethically give you any advice.
I am not intending this to be legal advice, because I don't know the particulars of your situation. Call me if you would like to discuss this or other isues.
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Medical Malpractice Attorney
Yes. If it were not legal, it would be virtually impossible to empanel a jury in counties with small populations where everyone knows everyone else. Friendships between a juror and the judge, a juror and one or more of the lawyers, or even between a juror and one of the parties, standing alone, are not grounds for disqualifying a member of the venire from being seated on the jury or for disqualifying a juror who has already been seated on the jury.
The above said, if you have a lawyer, you should definitely ask him or her this question.
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