The Daily Mail has appeared to suggest the ethnicity of jurors in the Vicky Pryce trial had bearing on their failure to reach a verdict yesterday.
Their spread on the case runs on pages 4 and 5 of this morning’s paper. Alongside a news article and a comment from Melanie Phillips headlined “Do we need IQ tests for juries” is a box entitled “Eight women, four men … and no clue”. It begins:
“Of the eight women and four men on the Vicky Pryce jury, only two were white — the rest appeared to be of Afro-Caribbean or Asian origin.”
The fact that one of the jurors may have been a Muslim was also a problem for the Mail:
“At least twice, the court finished 30 minutes early because a jury member had a ‘religious observance’ to keep.”
Just when you thought they couldn’t stoop any lower …