Monday, June 20, 2005

Scrushy- How Long is Too Long?

Ebbers and Kozlowski have had a resolution of their cases, although most likely one they are not pleased with, as both were found guilty.  Adelphia Communications executives John and Timothy Rigas are set for sentencing today.  And the jury is still out for Richard Scrushy. 

How long should a judge keep a jury out, especially when they have indicated their inability to reach a verdict, been given an Allen charge, and silence is all that comes out of the jury room.  It has been a good many days since any notes were sent out from the jury room. Will they decide when they resume their deliberations on Monday, day 17?  See here.  Or will they continue to deliberate?  And if so, when does a judge decide that holding these individuals in the jury room will not resolve the case? Or is it that you just hold them until a verdict is reached? 


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