Geringer said Pollacci’s potential jury pool had been poisoned by extensive media coverage and word of mouth. She initially characterized much of the coverage as “unfair,” but later said she defined that as reporting that included negative information about Pollacci.
“I found nothing that said Mr. Pollacci was a nice fella or a part of the community,” she said.
Breeden noted that it took only three days to seat a jury in Pollacci’s last trial and said if Geringer’s opinions are true, it would be apparent as soon as jury selection begins June 13. State law suggests that judges make an effort to find a local jury before changing venue. The last time a case was moved out of Monterey County was in the early 1980s.