Jewish Journal


August 13, 2012

Third full day of deliberations in FIDF v. Hotel Shangri-La trial ends without a verdict



What's taking so long? Above, a section from the verdict form given to jurors in the Hotel Shangri-La trial. Each juror received 18 of these forms, one for each individual plaintiff. Each form is three pages long.

In the civil case brought by a group of young Jewish members of a pro-Israel group against the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica and its owner, before the trial even began, the court was the setting for a three-day process of selecting a jury that a member of the courtroom staff described as, “grueling.”

With the ten-day trial behind them, one can only wonder what the 12 jurors themselves are thinking and feeling. After three full days of deliberations, the jury still has not yet returned a verdict.

Whatever their feelings, the jurors are set to resume deliberations at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14.

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