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Manafort Judge Mulled Declaring a Mistrial Over Chatty Jurors

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The judge in the Paul Manafort trial was so concerned about chatty jurors that he considered declaring a mistrial in the middle of the fraud case against the former Trump campaign chairman.

Judge T.S. Ellis had learned that some jurors during the trial were commenting on the case and politics, and one juror stated “the defense was weak,” according to newly unsealed court transcripts.

Jurors are prohibited from discussing the case until deliberations begin.

Ellis interviewed each juror before deciding not to declare a mistrial.

The concerns about chatty jury members explains why the trial was delayed for five hours on Aug. 10 and continued with interruptions for the next three days.

Ellis also discussed the revelations with the defense and prosecution, expressing his concerns about jurors violating the rules, which are meant to keep jurors from influencing each other before the closing arguments.

Manafort’s defense attorney, Richard Wrestling, argued the chit-chat was a sufficient reason to declare a mistrial.

“This clearly is crossing the line if it, in fact, happened,” Wrestling told the judge. “It suggests someone who has left beside — behind the presumption of innocence the defendant is entitled to until the evidence is all in.”

After one-on-one interviews with the jurors, the judge decided the jury had maintained its objectivity and wasn’t influencing each other.

Federal Agent Returns Home After Hung Jury in His Second-Degree Murder Trial

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A monthlong trial for a federal agent accused of murder in Hawaii ended in a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict, ABC News reports.

State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy is headed home to Virginia, but he most likely will face another trial, ABC News wrote.

“Mr. Deedy does need to go back home and back to work,” defense attorney Brook Hart told the judge.

The 29-year-old agent from Virginia is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kollin Elderts, 23.

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Another Mistrial in Big Federal Case; This Time NJ Shock Jock Hal Turner Walks

Hal Turner/msnbc photo

Hal Turner/msnbc photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — On Monday, for the second time in less than a week, a federal judge declared a mistrial in a high profile Justice Department case that captured the interest of many nationwide.

A federal judge in Brooklyn declared a mistrial in the case against Hal Turner, a New Jersey shock jock,White Supremacist and ex-FBI informant who was accused of threatening the lives of three federal Chicago judges who ruled in favor of a gun control case, the Associated Press reported.

A re-trial for Turner, 47, was set for March 1 in Brooklyn. The case was indicted in Chicago, but was moved to New York as part of a change of venue request.

The bad news for prosecutors came nearly a week after a mistrial was declared in Manhattan in the racketeering trial of John Gotti Jr. It was his fourth mistrial in five years. The prosecution has not yet announced whether it will go for a fifth trial.

After the mistrial in Turner’s case, one juror, Richard Gardiner, spoke to reporters and said the jury voted 9 to 3 in favor of acquittal, the AP reported.

As in the Gotti trial, the majority of the jurors in the Turner case thought the government case was weak, the juror said.  The lone juror said he favored conviction.

CNN Special on Hal Tuner

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Can You Spell M-I-S-T-R-I-A-L? Jury in Gotti Case Claims to Be Deadlocked

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Can you spell M-I-S-T-R-I-A-L?

Well, it may be too early to assume one will be declared in the racketeering trial of mobster John Gotti Jr., but  it can’t be ruled out at this point.

A federal judge in New York ordered jurors on Thursday to keep deliberating even after they declared themselves deadlocked, according to the New York Daily News.

The jury foreman sent a note to U.S. District Judge  Kevin Castel which said unable to reach a unanimous verdict” on the three counts, the Daily News reported.

Jurors are off Friday and are expected to resume deliberations on Monday.

The fact the jury is deadlocked doesn’t automatically mean there will be a mistrial. Juries have been known to arrive at a verdict even after telling the judge they’re deadlocked.