de Menezes family protest
The family of Jean Charles de Menezes have staged a dramatic courtroom protest – minutes before jurors at the inquest into his death were sent out to consider their verdicts.
The innocent Brazilian’s cousins stood up in front of the jury and unveiled T-shirts displaying the message: “Your legal right to decide – unlawful killing verdict.”
Sir Michael Wright, the coroner, has already withdrawn from the jury the option of a verdict of unlawful killing. The 11 jurors will consider two outcomes: either that Mr de Menezes was lawfully killed or an open verdict.
Jurors looked on as Mr de Menezes’s three cousins – Patricia da Silva, Alessandro Pereira and Vivian Figueiredo – stood up and unzipped their jackets, revealing the message.
Flanked by a supporter, they walked towards the jurors, saying nothing, before leaving the courtroom while proceedings continued.
I must confess I have no knowledge of how jury directions work. This particular decision seems wrong on the face of it but I am ignorant, so I would appreciate any tips my readers might have.