Sunday, January 6, 2008

Mark Jensen Murder Trial starts tomorrow

January 6,2008
Julie Jensen's husband, Mark D. Jensen charged with first-degree homicide goes on trial in Elkhorn, Wisconsin tomorrow.

This case is unusual because the state Supreme court ruled that previously rejected evidence such as Julie's statements she made to police as well as notes she had written will be allowed into evidence. Julie will be essentially "testifying from the grave." This ruling overturned a 24 year precedent, and it will be interesting to see how lower courts interpret the new law in the future.

Eleven men and nine women, all white and a wide variety of ages have been empaneled for the jury. Local affiliate WISN will broadcast the entire trial on it's website, which is expected to last about eight weeks.