(Los Angeles Times) Despite evidence that some Bell jurors might be having misgivings about the guilty verdicts in the Bell corruption trial, the judge and legal experts said the panel can't change its mind.
In a note delivered Thursday morning, one anonymous juror said, "It is better to be certain beyond a reasonable doubt to give a verdict of guilty than send someone innocent to prosecution."
But on Wednesday -- after receiving a similar juror note -- Judge Kathleen Kennedy said, "That's done, we're not going to reopen verdicts that have been reached."
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Legal experts said the behavior is extremely unusual.
"I have never heard of anything like this in my 40 years of law," said Robert Sheahen, a veteran Los Angeles criminal defense attorney. "What is going on now is nothing short of bizarre. To go back and ask to reexamine verdicts doesn't happen."