Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) has obtained a transcript of The Ouachita Citizen’s reporter Johnny Gunter undergoing “voir dire” after being called for jury duty.
It appears that the questioning of Gunter was more than just an attempt to test his qualifications or temperament to be a juror. At times, it resembled a cross-examination under oath, and may have been an attempted “perjury trap,” or an attempt to get Gunter to say something under oath that may not have been true.
Undoubtedly, it was an act of naked intimidation by the Ouachita courthouse machine, which has been the subject of numerous recent news stories by The Citizen and LPNO.
See here the complete transcript.
The Palowsky case has been covered, Palowsky versus Cork, and other related matters, have been covered in infinite detail in The Ouachita Citizen through the efforts of Mr. Gunter and also I think one other reporter as well. But Mr. Gunter has written several articles. All of those articles have been entirely one sided, including the one that’s introduced into evidence here today.
Also interesting is this by the Court Reporter:
COURT REPORTER’S NOTE: (This is an excerpt of jury selection in the above captioned case. This is the questioning of potential juror number thirty-eight, Johnny Gunter, which took place in open court outside the presence of other members of the jury panel.)