Judge rules media will have access to video, photos in Noor trial

April 09, 2019 01:36 PM

Ahead of opening statements in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor Tuesday, Judge Kathryn Quaintance ruled media will have access to body cam video, despite its highly sensitive nature. 

The 33-year-old Noor, who is Somali American, is charged with murder and manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. The 40-year-old dual Australian-American citizen was killed in July 2017 after calling 911 to report a possible rape near her home.

Quaintance had earlier ruled the graphic videos and autopsy photos would be shown only to the jury and lawyers in the courtroom.

She also ruled sketch artists will be allowed to depict jurors in drawings.

Meanwhile, with a jury in place, opening statements began in the trial Tuesday morning.

It had taken a week to select a jury. After 75 prospective jurors answered questions about their views on Somalis and police officers, as well as their experiences with firearms and other issues, 12 men and four women were selected Monday to hear the case.

In the end, only 12 will deliberate. Six of the jurors are people of color.

Jurors were instructed by Quaintance that they aren't allowed to:

  • Do outside research or investigating
  • Ask anyone involved in the case any questions about it
  • Discuss the case with each other while the trial is ongoing
  • Talk about the case with anyone, including family
  • Post on social media about the case

The judge said she expects the trial to last about three weeks.

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