Schwarz/Louima Jury Foreman Tells All
Russell Birnbaum, the foreman of the Charles Schwarz jury that deadlocked two weeks ago on the most serious charges against former NY cop Charles Scwarz relating to the attack on Abner Louima explains their impasse in Diary of a Juor in this week's New York Observer.
According to Birnbaum, the jurors were 11/1 for conviction on all counts but one woman juror was a holdout from the beginning and wouldn't listen to reason. She was also anti-semitic and had her own agenda, Birnbaum says.
Very little about these jurors was made public, and the jurors themselves did not each other's names. This is the first published account of their deliberations which lasted six days before their deadlock.
The U.S. Attorneys' office has announced plans to try Schwarz for a 4th time. Some are saying it's time for Ron Fischetti, Schwarz's lawyer, to cop a plea. Maybe learning this jury was 11 to 1 for conviction will advance that cause.
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