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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Unbreak the Omelette

Jurors in the trial of former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, deliberating for around a month, have been told to "start from scratch" after an alternate joined their discussions.

While we're at it, I think that Republicans should "keep an open mind" on the nomination of Judge Pardo to the Supreme Court, Mickey Kaus really ought to "rethink his snarky hatred for John Kerry," and India and Pakistan would be better off if they "just forgot about" the last 50 years of discord over Kashmir.

I mean really, how is that jury instruction going to work?  Plus, if I were that alternate, I would feel like the kid who gets transferred into an elementary school class halfway through the year: picked last in whatever is the jury-equivalent of dodgeball every time.  Not that there is ANYTHING wrong with getting picked last in dodgeball.

[Incidentally, yesterday I linked to the story of the lions who saved the little girl from criminals and then guarded her until the cavalry arrived.  On mature reflection, I feel pretty certain that the story was a marketing stunt for this upcoming movie.]

Posted by Dave Hoffman on June 22, 2005 at 11:03 PM in Criminal Law | Permalink

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