[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Monday denied a defense motion for mistrial in the trial of ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani. The motion came after an anonymous juror’s note was read in court, indicating that the juror was alone in her views and was being attacked for her conclusions. The juror requested to be removed or replaced. The note came on the third day of deliberations in the high-profile case, which is the first of the Obama administration’s attempts to try prominent terror suspects in federal court. Judge Lewis Kaplan denied the juror’s request and instructed the jury to continue their deliberations. In denying the motion, Kaplan noted that it was unrealistic to expect a unanimous verdict so soon given the size of the trial record, which has swelled to 2,200 pages with hundreds of pieces of evidence.
Posted on 17 November, 2010 by Mathias Vermeulen