Oh, for the love of… The most important sex-abuse trial in the history of the Roman Catholic church, ten weeks of sworn testimony and three fruitless weeks of deliberation (all after one of the original accused already ‘fessed up), and these people can’t make a decision? And this is the best they can come up with…?
“We the jury are at a hung jury status on all charges except for one. Please advise us as to our next step.”
Even the judge said, “I don’t know what the problem is.”
What is this jury made of, anyway — six Henry Fondas and six Lee J. Cobbs?
Either convict (and, IONSHO, there is more than enough evidence to convict) or give up and acquit — but don’t leave this issue hanging.
We predict a mistrial. And if that happens, we can only hope the prosecutors have the stamina and fortitude to take this entire nightmare back to a new trial.
There is one glimmer of hope: a Spencer charge, or, as the Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog calls it, a “dynamite charge.” Read all about it — and keep your fingers crossed.
• “The Hypocrisy Files: Protecting Children or Church?,” May 7, 2012
• “Latest Development in Philly Catholic Church Sex-Abuse Trial: Nothing,” June 17, 2012
• “Jury, reporting deadlock, resumes deliberations in Philadelphia church sex abuse trial,” Reuters, June 20, 2012
• “‘Hung’ jury in clergy sex-abuse case told to return Friday,” Philadelphia Inquirer, June 20, 2012
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