“Extensive pre-trial publicity and the unique factors of this case make it difficult to seat a fair and impartial jury or inoculate a panel from publicity,” said Lidia Stiglich, Mirkarimi’s lead defense attorney.
“Even if we could get a fair panel, we cannot keep them from the press coverage that is sure to flow throughout,” she said. “These are problems we wouldn’t have in another county.”
“The first concern is that the defendant needs to have a fair trial. Part of having a fair trial is to make sure we have a jury that is unbiased. And if that’s what it takes, then we’ll do so,” Gascón said.