They came back at 8:30 this morning. At about 2:30 they sent out a note indicating that they were having difficulty agreeing and expected to be unable to agree. They indicated that there were eight people in favor of conviction, one strongly in favor of acquittal, one favoring acquittal but open to further discussion, and two undecided (the good news is that this jury, if it convicts our clients, will have to decide punishment as well, and probation is within the punishment range). It’s 5:28 now; yesterday they knocked off at 5:30.
Anne: You know what’d be a good idea? A jury consultant whose only job was to wait in the trial lawyer’s place for the jury to return with a verdict. I would definitely pay for that.