Rittenhouse federal court judge Gary Wade of Philadelphia was a hero when he freed convicted sex offenders for being too mentally impaired to form true intent in a sexual assault case. Now, Wade has ordered his own jury, based on their answers to a Harrisburg-area lottery ticket where they’re asked to draw “one out of five legally required answers” as to whether the defendant will go free. The judge said the odds of winning the contest is less than 1 in a billion, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Of course, some say that is actually possible since the ticket is online and included an option of lottery tickets. However, other experts insist that lottery draws are a useless form of jury selection and that putting a number on the jury who must choose one would not likely accomplish anything.
Here’s what judge Wade said about the lottery in a formal order to dismiss the indictment against three Pennsylvanians who were convicted by the federal judge.
It is further resolved that defendant’s remaining objections were not satisfied upon his conduct during jury selection. Instead of protecting the interests of the public by choosing a reasonable juror, he would rather have a competent juror chosen. Accordingly, defendant has waived his right to appeal. Accordingly, the indictment, on reargument, is hereby dismissed and the defendant is entitled to a new trial.
The winning numbers are 7, 3, 10, 19, 15 and 49.