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Judge refuses to stop convicted sex offender from coloring at murder trial

By Critical_Conformity     Feb 27, 2007 in Crime
Dispite objections the drawing could influence the jury pool. The convicted sex offender charged with kidnapping, raping and killing 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford can keep coloring in children's books in court, a judge has ruled.
In the start of his first degree murder trial (John Evander Couey) a convicted sex offender, has so far spent most of his time coloring in books durning jury selection.
Prosecutors say - is It's all a frace that could influence potential jurors because he is using mental illness and retardation as his legal defence, and he should be stopped now.
The Prosecutor said "He's done 40 to 50 drawings and this indicates abnormal behavior and what he does could influence the jury because the defense has raised the issue of mental retardation,"
The judge has let Couey continue saying the "he's not acted up. "If this calms him down, the coloring is not troublesome," he said in ruling."
The judge said he hopes to have the trial start for opening remarks tomorrow.
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