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Deedy mistrial not surprising


POSTED: 01:44 a.m. HST, Aug 28, 2013

~~<p>Even under the best of circumstances, the Christopher Deedy case, which ended Monday in a mistrial, would have been difficult to adjudicate. The fatal shooting of Kollin Elderts of Kailua by the federal agent, here in advance of an international conference, followed a chain of events involving bad choices by both men.</p>
<p>However, the criminal justice system did not have to make it even tougher on the jurors by pressing them for an all-or-nothing verdict on a second-degree murder charge in the 2011 incident. The jury was not given the option of a conviction on the lesser offense of manslaughter. It seemed all but inevitable that 12 individuals would struggle to agree that Deedy had &quot;intentionally or knowingly&quot; killed Elderts, as required for a murder conviction, given that self-defense was presented as a mitigating factor.</p>
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Even under the best of circumstances, the Christopher Deedy case, which ended Monday in a mistrial, would have been difficult to adjudicate. The fatal shooting of Kollin Elderts of Kailua by the federal agent, here in advance of an international conference, followed a chain of events involving bad choices by both men.

However, the criminal justice system did not have to make it even tougher on the jurors by pressing them for an all-or-nothing verdict on a second-degree murder charge in the 2011 incident. The jury was not given the option of a conviction on the lesser offense of manslaughter. It seemed all but inevitable that 12 individuals would struggle to agree that Deedy had "intentionally or knowingly" killed Elderts, as required for a murder conviction, given that self-defense was presented as a mitigating factor. Login for more...



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