Summary: Due to loss of jurors who realized that they had other commitments during the expected four or five more weeks of trial, a mistrial was declared.
It had been mentioned before recessing for the day before that three jurors were asking to be excused.
Before RvD began again, I watched a sentencing hearing for a woman who had pled guilty to a Medicare fraud offense. The defendant had health issues; however this was not her first offense, she did not clearly take responsibility in her statement, it was superficial. One would think that her attorney would have coached her … but many people don’t take coaching well. It takes practice to learn anything. Folks, start now, don’t wait. It can get more difficult as we get older.
Altonaga gave her the minimum sentence under the aggravated offense guidelines, almost three years, as I recall. She did recommend that the Bureau of Prisons place her in a medical facility.
Then the RvD trail opened, with results covered on the Mistrial post. Two more jurors requested to be excused. Even if one request were rejected, the jury size would be down to the minimum, and if anything happened to cause the loss of another juror in five weeks of trial, there would then be a mistral wasting a lot more time. Better to take the pill now than later. All the attorneys and Altonaga agreed. Mistrial. Jury selection to start again Friday.