Good news (mostly): hung jury/mistrial in Scott Warren case

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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Here’s a link to the New York Times story on the verdict. And here is a link to Scott Warren’s post-trial statement to the press.

4 Replies to “Good news (mostly): hung jury/mistrial in Scott Warren case”

  1. Thanks for the good news! Interestingly, I heard that news first in an interview, a day or two ago, of a No More Deaths volunteer broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). It was a great interview and the volunteer shared the mission of No More Deaths, and the response of the Border Patrol to the humanitarian work that No More Deaths is providing. So there has been some useful fallout from Scott Warren’s ordeal, in that Canadians are hearing some of the really great things about US citizens, that tend not to be highlighted in the news. And I heard it first from you!

  2. I’m delighted to read this. The Intercept has reported it too. It’s wonderful to have journalists and news outlets that are independent and report news the may never get mainstream coverage.
    Bless you all.

  3. Thanks for your kind responses, everyone! Yes, MaryAnn, the Intercept has been doing awesome coverage of this. And yes, Barb, there are more good Americans than people think—can’t blame people for being skeptical, though, given that guy in the White House. 🙂

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