Vandy rape case lawyers reviewing jury transcripts

Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey
Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Lawyers for the two former Vanderbilt football players convicted of rape are now reviewing jury selection transcripts for what some have suggested might be grounds for a possible mistrial.

Fletcher Long, who recently stepped down as defense attorney for one of the ex-players, said just days after the trial ended in late January that jury foreman Todd Easter should have revealed during jury selection that he was once the victim of a sexual assault.

At the same time, the jury foreman’s attorney, Sunny Eaton, said she would “not characterize” that Todd Easter had been a sexual assault victim.

Eaton also said that her client did not misrepresent himself “nor did his past impact his decision-making or deliberations in this case.”

A court officer for Judge Monte Watkins said on Thursday that the jury transcripts from the Vanderbilt rape case had been distributed to defense attorneys and prosecutors, but the documents had been sealed from the public.

The court officer also indicated that defense attorneys have asked that the April 24 sentencing for Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey be postponed, but no decision had been made yet.

Two weeks ago, Batey’s attorney, Worrick Robinson, formally asked Judge Watkins in a hearing when the jury transcripts would be available.

Robinson told the court “to look at, to review, to determine what if any steps, we need to move forward in this matter.”

Batey’s lawyer has not elaborated as to whether or not he might file a motion for a mistrial based on what the jury selections show.

Defense attorneys for Vandenburg indicated they too had received the transcripts when contacted, but they did not comment any further.

Batey and Vandenburg remain in the Metro Jail awaiting their sentencing, which carries a mandatory minimum of 15 years.

The two were convicted of raping Vandenburg’s then-girlfriend and fellow student while she was unconscious at a Vanderbilt dorm in June of 2013.

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