Runaway juries are one thing, but it’s about time to come up with a name for out of custody defendants who decide to disappear while the jury is deliberating.
It’s certainly not uncommon, but rarely does it happen twice in the span of a couple of weeks on circuit felony matters.
One individual today is still on an extended bathroom break, after a carefully worded jury question sent shivers down the spines of the defense.
In late March, another individual similarly asked to use the facilities while the jury was out, and missed hearing the foreperson seal his fate.
What changes, if any, will recent events have on BSO’s handling of out of custody, innocent until proven guilty defendants who exercise their right to go to trial, and also their right to go to the bathroom?
Wait and see, or … wait and watch?