Report: Mistrial on one count in Coniglio case

The Record reports that the jurors are deadlocked on the final charge in the corruption trial of former State Sen. Joseph Coniglio and that the jury foreman reports that they will be unable to reach a unanimous verdict. The full jury is in the courtroom now.

Update from The Record: “District Court Judge Dennis Cavanaugh brought the entire jury back in to poll the members individually on whether they feel they are ‘hopelessly deadlocked.’ The first juror responded that he did not think the deadlock was hopeless. The judge asked whether he wanted to go back and keep deliberating. The juror said he thought they could, ‘give it one more shot.’The judge has now called the attorneys to a conference at sidebar.”

Update from The Record: “Cavanaugh told the jury to continue deliberations based on one juror’s response that he thought the jury could try one more time to reach agreement on the one count that stymies them. The judge read a standard set of instructions to the jury advising them to change their opinions if they come to believe they are erroneous, but not to surrender their beliefs simply to come to a unanimous verdict. The jury is now back in the deliberation room. They are expected to take a lunch break soon. After the judge left, he said to attorneys, ‘We’ll see where this takes us.'”

Update from The Record: “The jurors in the corruption trial of former state Sen. Joseph Coniglio have sent back another note. Attorneys are on their way to the courtroom. A law clerk told defense attorney Gerald Krovatin that the jurors’ note indicated that they are ‘done.'”

Update from The Record: “The jury foreman again told the judge that he does not think there is a reasonable chance that they could reach agreement if sent back to deliberate further.”

Update from The Record: “All 12 members of the jury told District Court Judge Dennis Cavanaugh that they think there is a hopeless deadlock that will not be resolved by further deliberations.”

Update from The Record: “Attorneys have just agreed that there must be a mistrial declared on the one count on which jurors are deadlocked. Defense attorney Gerald Krovatin went so far as to move for a mistrial.”

Update from The Record: “District Court Judge Dennis Cavanaugh just declared a mistrial only on the one count on which jurors are deadlocked. Attorneys have asked for the jury to give their verdicts on the other eight counts before being told of the mistrial.”

Report: Mistrial on one count in Coniglio case