Federal prosecution or clown parade, you make the call:
When the jurors came in 45 minutes ago for the final evidence presented in this case, 13 of the 14 juros (12 jurors and 2 alternates) were wearing bright red t-shirts with a large white heart on the front. The shirts appeared to be new… The one juror not wearing a red shirt was an elderly woman who works as an art curator. A man on the jury, who is a retired school teacher originally from north carolina, then read a statement to the court. The man said the jury wanted to "thank the clerks, marshalls, and judge for all of the accomodations made" for the jury during this trial. The juror then said the entire jury understands their responsibilities in this case and that their "unanimity may now go no further." "But on behalf of the jury," said this man, "we want to wish everybody a Happy Valentine's day."
To say this moment was awkward would be an understatement. All of the attorneys, and the judge, appeared on the edge of their seats. At the conclusion of the juror's statement, the attorneys nervously and politely clapped…and the judge sheepishly thanked the panel for being "a very attentive jury." Then, the judge moved on…
This from David Shuster of MSNBC via Firedoglake. The shirts and the Yoda-like the unanimity may now go no further created the one moment of perplexed unity among judge, prosecution, defense, and warring blogger factions. Again, too fascinating for reporters Amy Goldstein and Carol Leonnig and their editors, who are still recovering from the shock of no testimony from Cheney and Libby.
Trial story from my wife. Big civil case, more money than god has is involved. Trial has been going on for a month. I'm in town to watch the last day of testimony, and closing arguments and to sit with her and her colleagues during deliberations...
Jury comes out. And all of them are wearing black. Identical t-shirts. Someone on the jury had printed up tshirts. The judge, the clerk, the gallery are all stifling giggles. They had never seen anything like this before.
My wife's side ended up losing.
If the jury in this trial all comes out wearing identical "I invaded Iraq and all I got was this stupid t-shirt" clothing, then Libby should just make a run for it.
Close, but Libby did not run.
Much speculation now about whether the non-unanimity manifesto means there will be a hung jury (the verdict must be unanimous, one holdout can cause a mistrial).