JURY STILL HAS NO VERDICT: Danny Masterson Trial, Day 24, lunch break report
Morning session, third day of jury deliberations.
Judge Olmedo surprises us this morning by bring us reporters breakfast burritos. She said that she likes to bring her jurors burritos on Friday mornings, and she felt for us that we're sitting here all day, so she ordered a few more for us.
We fell on them ravenously, of course. "Reporters love free food," my neighbor intones.
Just got confirmation of what we suspected: If this jury can't reach a verdict today, we won't be coming back next week. Various jurors have obligations next week, and so we'd have to come back on Nov 28.
Judge Olmedo is going on the record. They're talking about an alternate juror, #57 seat 18.
Scheduling issue. She waits for Karen Goldstein to go get Masterson.
Bijou and Chynna come in for this. Christopher too.
WE have juror 57 in seat 18, alternate (one of four left) had originally asked for today off. The deliberating jurors said they could be here.
Today is her birthday but I asked her to come to the court, she is leaving the state on a trip later today.
I'm going to let her go forward with her prepaid travel plans. If something transpires that we need her, like a read-back, we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.
The other issue, we checked with deliberating jurors, and five of them have issues with next week. So, if this goes into next week, they won't go into next week. They have indicated they can come back the week after.
She just wanted to get it on the record.
Our twelve sitting jurors are deliberating and got here on time.
The reporters are having some fun comparing the insane responses they've been getting from Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw to their stories.
At 10:20 we have our first buzzing from the jury. But Det. Contreras isn't telling us something.
Sartorial splendor alert: We ducked out into the hallway to get a look at defense attorney Philip Cohen, who today has donned a rather conservative charcoal suit. However, he's enlived things with a lovely pink shirt and delicious tie of diagonal pink and cream stripes.
Well, another morning with no verdict. The jury has asked for a break at only 11:30 am. Does that bode well or ill? We don’t know.
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