Jury on a Rope
I had a strong hunch it would end this way when I saw how long the jury was deliberating. Clearly, they couldn't make up their minds.
I am aware than in two states, Louisiana and Oregon, it is possible to obtain a conviction if at least 10 of the 12 jurors agree to a guilty verdict. So, this being Oregon, I must assume that if the jury in the Driscoll trial is "hung", it means that less than ten jurors thought Kevin was guilty.
Naturally, I am curious to know the exact numbers.
In a criminal case, such as the present one, it is possible for the judge to declare a mistrial when a jury hangs itself. That would mean that the prosecutor could start a whole new trial.
We'll see if Jody Vaughan and/or Mike Dugan wants to go that route.
UPDATE: Immediately after posting this, I checked my e-mail and found the following:
"So there will be no verdict today in the trial. Much to everyone's dismay it was a hung jury and surprise surprise Jody Vaughn has elected to start another trial against Kevin. I'm utterly in disbelief that there was not an Innocent verdict today. I really don't know what to say. I am confused how this could have happened and Kevin and his family are disappointed and share my disbelief. I wish I was writing you with better news today. I'm feeling my faith in our judicial system fading after getting the news of a hung jury today. I guess the silver lining is that Kevin did not get sent to prison an innocent man. I know Kevin will not give up until his innocence is proven."I hope to hear from Angela also, in a little bit. Clearly, there is much to be talked about. But I'll leave it for later.
I must quibble with the final statement of my correspondent cited above. Kevin's innocence does not need to be "proven" - it needs to be disproven.