The Supreme Court granted certiorari this morning in the case of Alex Blueford v. Arkansas,
The facts are as follows:Petitioner Blueford was tried on a charge of capital murder. During jury deliberations the jury forewoman, in open court, informed the court that the jury had voted unanimously against the capital murder charge and against the lesser-included charge of first-degree murder, but that it was deadlocked on the lesser-included offense of manslaughter. (oops!)
The court declared a mistrial, and subsequently ruled that double jeopardy did not prevent a retrial on all charges.
The defendant appealed interlocutorilyto the Arkansas Supreme Court, which affirmed. Blueford v. State, 2011Ark. 8, S.W.3d, 2011 WL 285805 (Ark. 2011).
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JuryBox.org - Explaining Jury Nullification as the Last Check and Balance
Scholarly research on jury behavior in American non-capital criminal felony trials reveals that juror outcomes appear to track the opinions of the median juror, rather than the opinions of the extreme juror on the panel, although juries were required to render unanimous verdicts in the jurisdictions studied. Thus, although juries must render unanimous verdicts, in run-of-the-mill criminal trials they behave in practice as if they were operating using a majority rules voting system.The Jury by John Morgan, 1861 This is a very talkative bunch of jurors...the one with the blue scarf on his head wants to convict my client, shame on you --- but the future foreman of the jury, that bright tall fellow right behind Mr. Bluescarf knows that my client is innocent and plans to dominate the jury and then if necessary, invade Continental Europe to prove my client's innocence - Many Thanks.