ABC COLUMBIA, 6 DECEMBER 2016, FEAT. PROF. COLIN MILLER:
After over 20 hours of deliberation, the jury in the case of former police officer Michael Slager failed to reach a collective consensus. ABC Columbia spoke with USC Professor of Law Colin Miller to break down what the mistrial means.
“We have to have a unanimous verdict whether that is guilty or not guilty and when you have a certain umber of jurors for guilty and a certain number for not guilty, we have gridlock, they can’t get unanimity,we a hung jury and its a mistrial. We have to start the process over again,” said Miller.
The mistrial came after Judge Clifton Newman granted the jury more time to think about the case over the weekend before continuing deliberations Monday.