Corruption Trial: Juror Dismissed in the middle of deliberationsVery interesting:
In an extraordinary move, the federal judge in the City Hall pay-to-play trial replaced a juror during the 11th day of deliberations today.The move, which was fought by the defense, is pretty clearly a victory for the prosecution. A juror who clear was not voting guilty under any circumstances has been booted. That said, the judge received other notes that indicate there are some doubts about the Government's case:
The rare judicial move came hours after the judge read aloud five intriguing jury notes this morning, including one that accused a juror of not deliberating in good faith and two that suggest at least two jurors have doubts about the government's case.
One of the notes, delivered just before noon, accused a juror of illegal bias:
"I believe the following statements affect bias by a juror: 'The government lies. Prosecution made it up. They couldn't get Ron White so they made this up about Corey Kemp. They didn't play all the case. They omitted evidence... The FBI lies. The government didn't present the evidence to prove anything.'"
"Regarding honest services fraud, if I find Corey Kemp honestly believed he was doing his job to the best of his ability and... his actions were not influenced by gifts from Ron White... but out of friendship... can I find him not guilty?"So where does that leave us? Obviously, it is more likely we will see a conviction tomorrow than we would see one yesterday, with that juror gone. But, there are clearly some doubts about the Government's case.
The second note, signed by just one juror, said in part:
"One, is it permissible to discuss the fact that we have heard only selected portions of selected calls... can you consider omitted evidence? For example, the prosecution only showed what they wanted to show."
To me, the most interesting question is this: If you are the Street Administration, what outcome are you hoping for? A conviction, where you spin it that Corey Kemp was a rougue agent convicted for his crime, or an aquittal, where you say this shows the bug probe was BS the whole time. (But, with the tapes that have come out, we know there is pay to play, so are you then saying it is acceptable?)