Sunday, March 30, 2008

Wecht Jury - When Do You Call A Jury Hung? And Who Wins?

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.

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