Shawn Boyne, a professor at the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis and an expert on trial procedure, said that while the type of motion is "relatively routine," its scope is unusual.
understood the motive behind efforts to block questions that could elicit sympathy.
"In some cases, merely asking a question may plant a question in a juror's mind," she
said witnesses' religious beliefs could be relevant if they motivated doctors and nurses to report Shuai to police.
As for the spectators, Boyne
said the U.S. Constitution and legal precedent protect their free speech rights, provided they're not disruptive.
"Since it is the defendant's right to a fair trial that we are concerned with, I don't understand why the state would be prejudiced by this speech," she
said in an email.