Anonymous Jury For PA Drug Kingpin Suspect Retrial


For the first time in the history of the court system in Western Pennsylvania, an anonymous jury will be seated today for the retrial of Terrance Cole, who is accused of being the largest cocaine kingpin ever prosecuted here, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Federal prosecutors said the precaution was necessary because of suspicious jury conduct at Cole’s mistrial in March, which is the subject of an ongoing investigation, coupled with Cole’s efforts to intimidate and murder government witnesses.

One prosecutor said that “bounties” of between $100,000 and $500,000 had been offered on the heads of some government witnesses before they testified. Cole’s new lawyer, high-profile California attorney Alan Baum, said that publicity over the mistrial had essentially “poisoned the well” of potential jurors into thinking Cole is guilty


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