Jury done for the day

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Jurors have gone home. Back at 9:15 a.m.

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Yesterday at 4:05 pm posting, I said that the jury would probably
find an excuse to go home early anyway. And here today you are reporting that yes, indeed, they've decided to forget about their promise to stay until 5:50 (ooh.. that's late) tomorrow, Thursday.
And I didn't know it was day care on Friday. I couldn't make up anything funnier or more sad or pathetic if I tried. What the F is going on? Sequester the jury, Judge. Why aren't they sequestered in the first place with a trial this high profile, with characters this far into corruption and crime and huge money.
I did very much appreciate your comment about arm wrestling over count 16(?) of the indictment.
I swear, I really don't know how you keep from bouncing staplers off your computer screen.

Is this one of those instances where everyone in the jury pool who had the intelligence to make an informed decision-- had the intelligence to get out of jury duty?

Now I'm really wanting to see transcripts of the voir dire. If I may indulge in a pun, this time it really does look "dire."

I haven't been following the legal blog throughout this trial. I'm just wondering if the jury had these little attention disorder fits during the body of the trial.

At least I can feel comfortable in the fact that these happy go lucky jurors with wanderers feet aren't discussing the case with family or anyone or looking at any newspapers or media coverage.
At least we have that. (ha).

I wonder what the Onion will do with this trial.

The judge is a wimp...Closing down the jury deliberations so a juror can attend a job interview is crazy.....Where is her concern for taxpayers.....

Well, I suppose we could solve all these problems by restricting jury service to perfectly healthy single people with no known relatives and no social life, who are not in school or the military, can afford to drive everywhere, and have no intention of changing jobs in the foreseeable future.

Oh, and these perfectly healthy single people with no relatives, etc. would also have to have no interest in watching or reading the news (because they aren't supposed to know anything about the case or have formed an opinion about it).

The perfect solution would be for juries in high-profile cases to be comprised entirely of cloistered monks or nuns under vows of silence. No family or scheduling conflicts, no exposure to news about the case, and no chance they would discuss the case with anyone else!

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Natasha Korecki

Natasha Korecki is the Federal Courts Reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, covering federal news, corruption investigations and trials.

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