Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Phil Spector Jury Claims It's Deadlocked 7-5, but

Judge Fidler asks each juror if there's any chance if hearing some jury instructions again would help them attempt to agree on a verdict. Three jurors say they'd like to hear a few jury instructions again, so Judge Fidler sends the jury home for today, ordering them to return tomorrow morning.

Fidler tells the attorneys (after the jury's left) he'll do some case law research tonight because he's seriously considering adding a lesser-included charge of manslaughter for the jury's consideration tomorrow.

Amazing! I am really rather shocked the split is 7-5! I really try to observe trials from the most "presumption of innocence" position reasonably possible--the State needs to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. But COME ON! That doesn't mean beyond any possible shred of any doubt or any possible speculative POSSIBILITY one might come up with!

We'll see what happens tomorrow.

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