NY cannibalism plot trial jurors to be surveyed

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

More than 100 prospective jurors are scheduled to fill out questionnaires for the trial of a New York police officer accused of plotting to kidnap, torture, kill and eat women.

Prospective jurors usually aren't asked to answer written questions, though questionnaires have been used in terrorism trials and in other cases when it's suspected biases may be strong.

The judge says he'll address the potential jurors beforehand Friday to emphasize how important he thinks the questionnaires are to a fair trial.

Officer Gilberto Valle is charged with conspiring with three other people last year to kidnap eight women.

Defense lawyers say he had no criminal intent and his Internet chats reflected only sexual fantasies.

Prospective jurors are likely to be asked about any biases they might have toward people who look at pornography.

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