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Judge to consider including police officers as prospective jurors in BART shooting trial

March 26, 2010 |  7:37 pm

An attorney for a former Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer charged with murdering an unarmed rider in Oakland asked a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Friday to include police officers as prospective jurors despite a state law excluding them from jury service.

In a written motion, lawyer Michael L. Rains argued that a 1992 law preventing officers from serving as jurors violated Johannes Mehserle’s right to a fair trial.

Mehserle is charged with the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant on a BART station platform on Jan. 1, 2009.

The case was moved to Los Angeles because of concerns about pretrial publicity in Alameda County.

At a hearing Friday, Judge Robert J. Perry said he would consider Rains’ request.

--Jack Leonard