The lawyers for Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke have been fighting a losing battle to get certain evidence removed from Van Dyke's trail. Now, they are putting more effort into a different issue, trail location.
The lawyers have consistently argued that keeping the trail in Cook County would be unfair to their client because any jury will already be biased due to media coverage. Now they plan to hire a polling company to gather data for a likely motion to move Van Dyke’s trial for the murder of Laquan McDonald out of Cook County.
Though a trial date has yet to be set, defense attorney Daniel Herbert said Thursday that he intended to hire a firm to conduct a survey by mid-March.
The news of the defense commissioning a polling company has prompted Special Prosecutor Joseph McMahon to commission a poll himself.
The poll may lead to the defense having a stronger case for relocating the trail or maybe even request a bench trial instead of trial by jury.