Jury struggles in case of Etan Patz, the original ‘milk carton’ missing child

30 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

After Announcing Deadlock, Jurors Press On In Etan Patz Case.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Jurors in the murder trial stemming from the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz have decided to rehear hours of closing arguments before resuming deliberations.Santucci’s new body camera captured the drama a few weeks ago as he worked with Officer Javier DeJesus, and paramedic Catherine Steger to rescue unconscious victims of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a faulty furnace. “Beyond the call of duty.

Yesterday afternoon the jurors sent the judge a not saying, “We the jury after 10 days of deliberations want to let the court know that we are unable to reach a unanimous decision.” But the judge presiding over the case, Justice Maxwell Wiley, asked the jury to give it another try. In what’s known as an “Allen Charge,” he told the jurors, “Given nature of this case, I don’t think you’ve been considering this case long enough to conclude you cannot reach a verdict.” “Make every effort, consistent with your conscience, to harmonize your views — and to come to unanimous agreement if one is possible,” the judge added. The judge told jurors that no other jury will ever be better equipped than they are right now to resolve this now 36-year-old case, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.

And to try to coerce them into it, which is the nature of the Allen charge, is wrong.” Etan Patz was born October 9, 1972, both parents Jewish, and six years later, on May 25, 1979, he disappeared in SoHo, lower Manhattan, to become the first widely celebrated case of a disappearing child. In 2014, the case went through a series of hearings to determine if Hernandez’s statements before receiving the Miranda warning were legally admissible. After police received a fresh tip in 2012, Hernandez confessed in a lengthy videotape that he choked Etan in the basement of a New York City convenience store. Defense attorneys tried to convince the jury the defendant is mentally ill, that his confession was a delusion and that a convicted pedophile, now jailed in Pennsylvania, was the more likely culprit.

United States, Etan, Etan Patz, government, JUDGE, Juries, Juries in England and Wales, jury, law, Law/Crime, Legal terms, Missing people, Pedro Hernandez, Verdict The deliberations have helped push the trial well into spring — something the judge has alluded to when bidding farewell to jurors each evening. “Try to enjoy the outdoors and think about something else for a while,” he said when dismissing them Wednesday afternoon.

Hernandez, 54, has “been sitting in jail for three years,” defense lawyer Harvey Fishbein said. “But I can’t stress enough the toll this has taken on his wife and daughter, particularly his daughter.”

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