Monday, July 20, 2009

The Jury Deliberates - Day 5: Mon, 07/20/09

The jury is in day five of deliberation.
In case you missed it: Last Friday, one juror was dismissed and replaced with an alternate.

Monday, July 20th 1:30PM PST:
No Developments to Report Yet. We didn't have anyone at court this morning, but coincidentally, we did get two reports this afternoon. The first report was that Weinberg was there, milling around the cafeteria. (Wonder how many motions for a mistrial he made today?)

Our other report was from a person who happened to be at the little square by the fountain, at around 12:30: the jury, or at least some of them, were spotted at lunch in the square, under the watchful and expert shepardry of Dave the Bailiff. (All must have been there due to sequester, but not all were recognized or spotted.) Our impromptu informant stayed well clear so as not to upset the karmic balance in the universe. (Or something like that anyway.) The jurors were situated in groups, with the three young-ish women sitting with Dave the Bailiff, and the older man with the wire rimmed glasses was off by himself. (Not the eye-patch guy) The foreman was with a small group. Our instant on-the-spot info source used the word "tension" when describing the oeuvre of the lunch break. They were gone by 1pm, back to the grindstone.

Monday, July 20th 4:50PM PST:
Jurors have not been spotted leaving the courthouse yet. Either they have a long day, or the court sneaked them out.

It is very likely that we will not make it to court in time once the jury has reached a verdict. Once the jury has reached a verdict, it can be as little as a half an hour between the time that we will get a call and it is read in court. We will post as soon as we have confirmation of verdict.
Courtroom 2L
Superior Court Clerk's office: 650-599-1170
ayres' criminal case number:SC064366


  1. The jury is being sequestered inside the courthouse.

    Any bets as to when we will have word of a decision- or non decision?

  2. I gave up betting on Friday, the 17th of July, 2009...the same day I gave up trying to read jurors' minds.

  3. My bet is that it will go on until Thursday, then chances are likely that it will be a non-decision based on what has been reported thus far.

    It is a shame that more info was not able to be gotten to the jury in the first place. The issue of sex is very touchy and perhaps should have been approached in a more educational way by using an expert. (?)

  4. Thank you to whomever staked out the jury-on-the-square. Somehow it helps to hear these things...whether they are interpret-able or not.

    Something about the image of the youngish women being watched over by Dave the Bailiff that is hilarious. Or ironic, depending upon one's perception of Dave.

  5. Was the new male juror sitting with anyone?

  6. It sounds like the juror with the wire rim glasses is struggling to figure out on which side he belongs.

  7. It also sounds to me like somebody needs to take the proverbial bull by the a non-confrontational way.

    How wonderful it would be if every jury had a foreman who is not only insightful about the case presented, but also about the people with whom he is working. People management skills are an art, especially in a situation where there are strong opinions and emotions run high.

    In any case, I'm one of those who is still hoping.

  8. The foreman has strong principles and will never ever ever acquit.

    So Solveig -if you are reading this, you can put those hopes of acquittal aside.

    I still don't understand how you justify your husband's collection of photos of seductive young boys in full frontal nudity.

  9. It's possible the jurors are not deliberating in the courthouse at all, but in another building.

  10. "So Solveig -if you are reading this, you can put those hopes of acquittal aside."

    That particular fat lady has not sung yet.

    If, as the dismissed juror claims, there is a lawyer on the jury who is pro-defense, I predict an acquittal on all counts.

    Leaving attorneys on a jury is always a wild card. If they are for your side, you have it made; if not, you are toast.

    For that reason I have NEVER left an attorney on one of my 100+ juries.

    Think about this: Whichever side the attorney winds up favoring, it is like the attorney for that side got to enter the jury room and argue his or her case until a verdict was reached.

    The presumed fact that the attorney juror got the rabid pro-prosecution juror bounced is an early indication that any prosecution jurors who have the intention of holding out do not stand a chance absent Navy Seal interrogation training.

    Never underestimate the interpersonal dynamics of 11 people in your face over several days.