Gotti Jury Hangs ... Again

by TChris

As TalkLeft reported here, the government had a weak case against John "Junior" Gotti, and shouldn't have been surprised when the prosecution ended in a hung jury last year. Undaunted, the government took Gotti to trial again, and got another hung jury. At that point, the judge should have told the government that enough is enough and dismissed the case, but the government instead was allowed a third chance to convict Gotti.

The government hauled out its same tired witnesses -- snitches and thugs -- and, in a trial that ended yesterday, obtained the same tired result: yet another hung jury. Rather than admitting defeat (and apologizing for wasting taxpayers' money three times), "U.S. Attorney Michael J. Garcia said prosecutors would tell the court soon how they will proceed in the case." How many chances does the government think it deserves?

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    Re: Gotti Jury Hangs ... Again (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Thu Sep 28, 2006 at 09:49:42 AM EST
    I am not a lawyer, but I believe that the government gets to try this case until it gets a conviction or an acquittal. No?

    Re: Gotti Jury Hangs ... Again (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Thu Sep 28, 2006 at 12:33:04 PM EST
    It seems to me that a hung jury should be considered an acquittal if there is a presumption of innocence in the system.

    Re: Gotti Jury Hangs ... Again (none / 0) (#3)
    by James DiBenedetto on Thu Sep 28, 2006 at 03:40:49 PM EST
    I understand that the testimony of "thugs and snithches" is of questionable worth, but...wouldn't pretty much everyone who might be able to testify with any direct knowledge of mob activities pretty much have to fall under one of those two headings?

    Re: Gotti Jury Hangs ... Again (none / 0) (#4)
    by kdog on Fri Sep 29, 2006 at 09:31:05 AM EST
    I'm fairly certain if his last name was Jones, the govt. wouldn't be trying him over and over again. This is about headlines and a prosecuting a high profile name...justice is the last thing on the presecutor's mind.