UPDATE: ON TO MONDAY. DOM keeps the jury out Friday and through the weekend!! Well done Mr. Markus!! The jury was dismissed for the weekend today and deliberations will resume 8:45 am Monday. We'll keep our fingers crossed all weekend.
Well, Mr. Markus kept the jury out Thursday in the trial of Reggae Star Buju Banton.
The jury returns Friday, and while we wish Mr. Markus and his client the very best, we loathe Friday verdicts.
Earlier DOM put his client on the stand to testify that he was just jammin...the tapes were just talk. "I was trying to impress this guy (the informant). I wasn't going to let him outtalk me" said Buju.
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ACCUSED:
USA today has done an analysis of the DOJ and found a "glaring pattern of misconduct" in criminal cases, usually revolving around discovery violations.
Rumpole notes: What do expect with the Jenks act that doesn't require disclosure of most relevant documents until your client has served one year in prison? Or something like that. Actually most state prosecutors and clients are amazed and astounded to learn that the Jenks act doesn't require disclosure of the most routine documents, like prior statements, testimony, and reports, until after (and we are not making that up) the witness testifies on direct examination. Who in the world thought up that ridiculous procedure? The question is, "what is the government afraid of"? If you want to fix the federal criminal justice system, start with amending the Jenks act.
In other news, perhaps the Captain can keep an eye on the internet and post the verdict. We are actually across the pond...on the continent....long story about a client and a ship. But internet access is spotty, and it might be awhile before we update.
See ya back in the states.