Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Jurors in Blankenship Case End Deliberations For the Day After One Juror Becomes Ill

Jurors in the Don Blankenship case ended their deliberations for the day on Wednesday after one juror became ill.

The development occurred about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday. The judge said the jury has deliberated since lunch.

Jurors had resumed deliberations Wednesday morning a day after U.S. District Judge Irene Berger had issued an Allen Charge after the jury said it was deadlocked and asked for guidance. An Allen Charge is a specific set of instructions that calls for jurors to re-examine their opinions and to try to reach a verdict. She denied a defense request on Tuesday for a mistrial.

Meanwhile, federal prosecutors filed a motion Wednesday asking the judge to issue a second Allen Charge if jurors come back again and say they are deadlocked.