Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Jordan Miles jury deadlocked; judge orders deliberations to continue - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Jordan Miles re-enters the Federal Courthouse in Downtown Pittsburgh Monday Aug. 6, 2012, after lunch on day three of jury deliberations in his civil lawsuit. James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Brian Bowling and Margaret Harding

Published: Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 2:28 p.m.
Updated 18 minutes ago

A federal jury told a judge Tuesday that it can’t reach a verdict in the Jordan Miles civil rights case, but the judge told the eight jurors to go back and try again.

â€Å"You are not partisans,” U.S. District Judge Gary Lancaster reminded them. â€Å"You are judges. Judges of the facts.”

Miles, 20, of Homewood, claims that Pittsburgh police officers Michael Saldutte, David Sisak and Richard Ewing violated his rights and inflicted permanent brain damage when they arrested him on Jan. 12, 2010, on Tioga Street in Homewood. The officers deny any wrongdoing. More than 25 witnesses testified over three weeks before the jury got the case late Thursday.

The three-week trial included nine days of testimony, hundreds of pages of depositions and dozens of exhibits.

Lancaster told the jurors that juries often have trouble reaching a unanimous verdict, but there is no reason for them to believe a second trial with another jury will have an easier time.

â€Å"Take the time you need,” the judge said.

Lawyers for both sides met afterward to discuss the deadlock. Robert Leight, Ewing’s attorney, said the judge didn’t tell them what issue the jury is stuck on.

â€Å"It tells me they’re a very good jury and they’re taking it very seriously,” Leight said. â€Å"They’re evaluating both sides very intensely and lawyers couldn’t want more than that.”

Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or bbowling@tribweb.com. Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or mharding@tribweb.com.

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