Thursday, June 9, 2005
White collar cases are complicated for juries. They often involve financial intricacies that may exceed the education level of most jurors. And often the trials are longer than the typical street crime case (The OJ case was not the typical). But what about the jury deliberations?
On one hand the jury deliberation in the MIchael Jackson case goes on its 4th day today (see here), the trials of Dennis Kozlowski and Mark Swartz have deliberated for 5 days (see here) and the trial of Richard Scrushy continues after an uncertain number of days because of the various breaks taken by the jury (see post here).
Is it that high profile cases take longer, or is it that white collar cases take longer? Clearly each individual jury has its own dynamics. And as such, some may take longer than others. And maybe the correlation is between the length of the trial and the jury deliberation -- the longer the trial, the longer the deliberation.
My guess is that overall white collar cases take longer. Longer to investigate, longer to try, and often with longer jury deliberations. I have no scientific study to back this up with, and this "guess" is subject to proof otherwise. But for now, I am sticking with it.