Murder Conviction Tossed Because Judge Advised Jurors Not to Be ‘Hardheads’
Posted May 6, 2011 7:50 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
An Oklahoma appeals court has overturned a woman’s murder conviction because a judge advised jurors not to be “hardheads” and told them to reach a quick verdict.
The court found fault with these remarks by the judge: “If one of your fellow jurors starts to stray off, gets far outside of this narrowly defined responsibility, the other 11 of you have got to go, ‘Wait a minute, let’s go, we don’t want to be up here all day, all week, all month, all year.' Let's get the case decided, so don't be one of those hardheads, so to speak."
The appeals court called Elliott’s remarks "an inherently coercive intrusion into the jury's deliberative process."