Not surprisingly, a few of the Peterson jurors have a lot to say about the Anthony verdict, none of it complimentary to the Anthony jury. A current ModBee article also has this statement: "He and others were surprised that Anthony jurors deliberated less than 12 hours after a six-week trial. Sequestered Peterson jurors reviewed five months of courtroom notes, argued and spit out two jurors replaced by alternates before proclaiming him guilty nine days after huddling behind closed doors, with 31 hours of actual deliberation." The "he" referred to in the quote is John Guinasso.
The Peterson jury was behind closed doors for 31 hours, but by law and the Judge's instructions, their deliberations were supposed to start all over again after the replacement of Juror #5 on November 10. According to the times given in the Court minutes, that jury only spent 14 1/2 hours total in deliberation. That was for a 6 month trial. The Anthony trial only lasted 6 weeks.
10:33 a.m., Juror #5 is replaced, and new jury begins deliberations.
11:40-12:40, lunch break
4:00 p.m., jury retired for the day
4 1/2 hours deliberation
Assume deliberations start at 8:00 a.m, 1 hour for lunch, and deliberations stop at 4:00 p.m.
7 hours deliberation
CORRECTION: this was a holiday -- no deliberations
Assume deliberations start at 8:00 a.m.
10:53 a.m, Jury asked for verdict forms, indicating verdict had been reached
Less than 3 hours deliberation
Grand total: 4 1/2 + 7 + 3 = 14 1/2 hours
CORRECTION: grand total 7 1/2 hours deliberation
12 hours deliberation for a 6-week trial.
7 1/2 hours deliberation for a 6-month trial.
"This is an O.J.," said Mike Belmessieri, referring to another headline trial ending in acquittal. "I don't want to beat this jury up. But they're going to be forever known as the jury that made the wrong decision."
Mr. Belmessieri ought to be more concerned about his own reputation and the reputation of his fellow jurors once the truth about what happened to Laci Peterson is revealed.
Thanks to Jane's comment for catching this error.