The jury in the trial of former state treasurer Timothy Cahill consisted of a cross-section of the community, and was seated through the combined efforts of all attorneys involved, both prosecution and defense. Justice was served in the mistrial (“Mistrial,” Page A1, Dec. 13). Cahill was vindicated.
The fact that the jury was deadlocked arises from a direct, and proper, result of their charge: to apply the evidence and testimony from the trial to the 2009 corruption law. This is how the system is supposed to work. If the prosecution cannot carry its burden of proof to the entire jury, the jury correctly should not convict.