What's the rush?
From today's Palm Beach Post-
By Susan Spencer-Wendel
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 28, 2006
WEST PALM BEACH — Jurors deliberated about six hours Friday in the murder-for-hire trial against Ronald Samuels. Long-faced and looking at the floor, they filed back into the courtroom before breaking for the weekend with no verdict.
They are set to resume deliberations Tuesday morning.
Prosecutors say Samuels hired cash-starved crack addicts to kill his ex-wife, Heather Grossman. Grossman, left a quadriplegic after the shooting, has waited nine years for the case to go to trial.
Grossman, 40, came to the courthouse Friday morning queasy but confident, she said, already planning for the sentencing hearing.
She cried outside the courtroom at the prospect of three more days of tortured waiting. Her nurse fully reclined her electric wheelchair and tears rolled down her temples.
One of Samuels' defense attorneys smiled and shook Samuels' hand. Samuels is jailed, sharing a cell with another wealthy man accused of wanting his wife dead, Fred Keller. Keller is charged with fatally shooting his ex-wire, Rosemarie, prosecutors say.
The lack of a Samuels verdict Friday surprised an alternate juror released Friday morning. James Ahern of Wellington said he and two fellow alternates had shared their thoughts on the case - all agreeing to convict on all charges.
"We would have been up and gone after five or 10 minutes." Ahern said.
From what I'm reading, The Palm Beach Post is impatient that no verdict has been handed down. Further proof of that is the article's headline- Jury slow to deliver Samuels verdict Is the Post's rush for a headline more important than justice being properly served?
The Post supplies the answer.
Samuels faces eight counts, including solicitation to commit first-degree murder and conspiracy. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.The jury is taking its time in order to not send a possibly innocent man to jail for the rest of his life. I haven't followed the case and am rendering no opinion on Samuels' guilt or innocence.
I guess the Post just wants another headline in a few years. Innocent man freed after verdict overturned. What a bunch of nuts reside at this newspaper.
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