TX: Long Deliberations May Signal Jurors' Doubt about HLF Case


The Holy Land Foundation jurors begin their 16th day of deliberations Monday, and while no one can know for sure, many are starting to wonder if the largest terrorism financing case in history will crumble under weight of a mountain of complex evidence.

Six days of deliberations have passed since the foreperson told the judge in a note that one of the panelists was refusing to vote, the last public clue about what is going on in the closed-door, secret sessions.

Since U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish called a brief hearing that same afternoon and gave the jury an Allen charge, reiterating to them that issuing a verdict was their sworn duty, jurors have kept any other concerns they might have to themselves.

While it is impossible to tell whether jurors – who heard two months of often mind-numbing testimony about a global terrorism conspiracy – are leaning toward convictions or acquittals, one thing is for sure, said nationally known jury consultant Robert Hirschhorn.

"I think that this is a very conscientious jury," said Mr. Hirschhorn, a Lewisville lawyer who has assisted defense teams in picking juries for several high-profile trials, including for William Kennedy Smith and Robert Durst.

"I believe this is a jury that is not going to sell short their responsibility to the justice system," he said. "Anytime you have a quote unquote terrorist trial, there is a visceral reaction that people have. They either think they are guilty or bad people. This jury is really rising above that." (MORE)

 


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