LEONARD v. UNITED STATES(1964)
Trial of petitioner over his objection by jury some of whose members were selected from panel in whose presence another jury in similar preceding case had announced verdict of his guilt is clearly erroneous.
Certiorari granted; 324 F.2d 914, reversed and remanded.
John G. Clancy for petitioner.
Solicitor General Cox for the United States.
Petitioner was convicted in separate trials and by different juries of forging and uttering endorsements on government checks, 18 U.S.C. 495, and of transportation of a forged instrument in interstate commerce, 18 U.S.C. 2314. The two cases were tried in succession. The jury in the case tried first - forging and uttering endorsements - announced its guilty verdict in open court in the presence of the jury panel from which the jurors who were to try the second case - transportation of a forged instrument - were selected. Petitioner immediately objected to selecting a jury for the second case from among members of the panel who had heard the guilty verdict in the first case. The objection was overruled, and the actual jury which found petitioner guilty in the second case contained five jurors who had heard the verdict in the first case. The conviction in the second case was affirmed on appeal, 324 F.2d 914, and petitioner now seeks a writ of certiorari.
The Solicitor General, in his brief filed in this Court, states that: