Sunday, March 30, 2008
It doesn't look like the Wecht jury is to the point of being declared hung. See Jason Cato, Wecht Jurors Won't Be Rushed, Pittsburgh Tribune Review. A hung jury is not always a plus for either side. For both the prosecution and defense it can mean a retrial. Each side often believes that they can do better if given a second chance. But with evidence on the table, there can be fewer surprises in a retrial. Perhaps the most significant drawback for the defense is the cost of retrial. Having to pay attorneys fees for a new trial can deplete a good bit of assets of the accused. But maybe this will not be an issue in the Wecht trial - maybe this week will bring a verdict.