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An Interesting Side Note…


David Shuster, who has done a bang-up job of covering the Libby trial for MSNBC, sent the following email:

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…

What does it mean that one juror, who seemed particularly cantankerous during jury selection, refused to go along with the rest and wear the bright red t-shirt?  Could it be that she is the only one on the panel with any sartorial taste?  Or does it mean something more serious for jury deliberations next week?  The issue was noted by attorneys on both sides of the case outside in the hallway.

Marcy and I were in the media room at the time and only saw the people in the courtroom laughing as the jury filed in (we don't see the jury on closed-circuit TV).  It may mean nothing than one person not into making sartorial group statements, but since Libby only needs one juror to hold out, it could have broader implications.  Something to think about anyway.

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