As you may have read or learned, the jury ultimately hung. However, there are several bright spots. First, the vote was 10-2 for acquittal (annoying registration required), not a bad day in anyone's book, particularly when the client makes a statement. Second, it looks like the jury had real questions about the prosecution's theory and witnesses.
At the close of the State's case, I made the standard motion for judgment of acquittal, which was taken under advisement. After the jury announced that it was deadlocked, the court started to set a status hearing. I asked to be heard, intending to raise the outstanding MJOA, but the court said that she would let me speak in a moment. She set a hearing and then raised the MJOA herself, asking that I brief my motion with time for the prosecutor to reply. I have never had, nor have I ever heard of, a judge asking for briefing on an outstanding MJOA. While I obviously do not know if she will grant it, that is certainly not a bad sign.
We started this case with people literally across the world reviling my client and we came to this trial and showed that the State was wrong. I cannot consider this anything but a win and I will try it again and again and again and again if necessary.
On other notes, I must confess to having blatantly plagiarized the phrase 'lying sack of snitch' from Jodie English, both from NCDC and other CLEs I have attended. I also have to thank Louis Menendez and Jack McGee, two lawyers in Juneau, and also Tres Lewis, my investigator, for all of their help. Thanks for all of your encouragement and comments.