On "Justice," Judge Jeanine Pirro reacted to a Texas woman's child pornography conviction being overturned because the trial judge "tainted" the jury by arresting a prospective juror during jury selection.

"Imagine a judge arresting a prospective juror because he requests a religious exemption," Judge Jeanine said, explaining that the juror told Judge Susan Criss that as a Jehovah’s Witness, he couldn't look at evidence of child pornography for religious reasons.

"Her response was if a child could suffer through the abuse, then an adult can certainly watch the video," Judge Jeanine said. "Now, at that point, she directs court officers to arrest Juror 48 and remove him from the courtroom. Now, the judge's outrageous behavior towards this juror created the basis for a reversal of the conviction of the child pornographer."

"Way to go, District Judge Susan Criss from Texas, for creating grounds for reversal of the conviction of the lowest of the low in our society."

Watch Judge Jeanine's remarks above and read the full transcript below.


Imagine a judge arresting a prospective juror because he requests a religious exemption. Prospective Juror No. 48 in Texas tells Judge Susan Criss he can't look at evidence of child pornography for religious reasons, generally an acceptable excuse for not serving on a jury.

Now, additionally, the juror tells Judge Criss that as a Jehovah’s Witness it is not his place to judge. Criss, however, wasn't hearing any of it.

Her response was if a child could suffer through the abuse, then an adult can certainly watch the video.

"So if it grosses you out, you can take it out on the person in punishment. That's what my God tells me,” Criss said.

She then tells Juror 48 what she will do if he refuses to look at the evidence, saying, "So you want to find out what I’ll do? You'll find out what I’ll do. You want to find out what my God will tell me to do? Let's test it buddy. Let’s test it."

Criss continues on her tirade saying, "If you get picked on this jury, you get picked on this jury. And Jehovah can visit you in jail."

Now, at that point, she directs court officers to arrest Juror 48 and remove him from the courtroom.

Now, the judge's outrageous behavior towards this juror created the basis for a reversal of the conviction of the child pornographer.

The appellate court found fundamental error: "The religious beliefs of the citizens of the state of Texas - whatever they might be - are far too important to be subjected to mockery, derision, ridicule or criticism by any of the trial judiciary of this state."

The court reasoned that actually arresting the juror and putting him in handcuffs in front of the other prospective jurors had a chilling effect on the jury and it precluded the defendant from getting a fair trial.

Way to go, District Judge Susan Criss from Texas, for creating grounds for reversal of the conviction of the lowest of the low in our society. Fortunately, Judge Susan Criss is no longer on the bench.

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