Thursday, March 23, 2006

Day 8 of deliberations over in George Ryan trial--still no verdict

Another day and no verdict in the corruption trial of former Illinois Governor George Ryan. The jurors won't reconvene until Monday. They have a lot of soul searching to do. Not only do they need to reach a verdict, but they have to begin getting along with each other. And they need, I guess, to behave as proper jurors.

The judge for the trial, Rebecca Pallmeyer, released to the press the statement she gave to the 12 jurors.

From CBS 2 Chicago:

Dear Jurors,

You 12 are the jurors selected to decide this case. In your deliberations I expect you to treat your fellow jurors with dignity and respect.

As I understand from your notes, you may be having some difficulties during your deliberations. As I told you earlier you have two duties as the jury.

Your first duty is to decide the facts from the evidence in the case. This is your job and yours alone. Your second duty is to apply the law that I give you to the facts.

You must follow these instructions, even if you disagree with them. Each of the instructions is important, and you must follow all of them.

Finally, I remind you that any deliberations in this case must be conducted only in the jury room among all of you.

Private discussions about this case outside the jury room among any smaller groups is a violation of your sworn duty.

Yours Truly,
Rebecca Pallmeyer

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