Thursday, May 26, 2005
The jury, unable to reach an agreement on the conspiracy count, has asked the judge whether they should move onto other counts. (see WSJ here and Birmingham News here). One feels their frustration in that according to these news reports they are asking the judge for a one word answer - yes or no. We tell law students to think in terms of arguments, not answers, but the reality is that people in the real world want answers.
Addendum - Birmingham News reports here that the judge did give a "yes" answer, but also "read a one-page written answer to jurors."