On Tuesday came (mostly) good news on the legal front: The felony trial of Scott Warren, the man who trained and led our volunteer team during my time with No More Deaths in January 2018, ended in a hung jury, which makes it a mistrial. Eight jurors voted to acquit and four voted to convict, in a case where the verdict must be unanimous.
The good news, then, is that Scott was not convicted of charges of harboring and conspiring to transport undocumented immigrants. The bad news is that he was not acquitted either, and since it was a mistrial, the prosecution could call for a new trial. However, my opinion is that the good news far outweighs the bad, because even if a retrial happens, retrials of hung-jury cases have a significantly lower rate of convictions. After all, the prosecution has already presented its best case, and failed. Unless bombshell new evidence surfaces, which seems unlikely here, I find it difficult to believe that they’ll ever get a unanimous verdict.
So, I’m feeling happy today. I just happened to be wearing my No More Deaths shirt today without having heard the news, so now I’m thinking maybe it’s a lucky shirt. 🙂 This really is good news overall for Scott and humanitarian aid workers everywhere. And now that the trial is over, perhaps I’ll finally get my computer back!
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