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In the Jury Room, 18 Days of Debate and Disagreement End in a Frustrating Mistrial

May 10, 2015 - The New York Times

It was just before 1 p.m. on Friday when 11 jurors who were part of one of the longest deliberations in recent years gave up any hope of swaying the 12th person on the panel.

For 18 days, the jurors had sat elbow to elbow around a rectangular table inside the State Supreme Court building in Lower Manhattan, trying to reach consensus on whether a man committed a notorious crime: the abduction and murder in 1979 of a 6-year-old boy, Etan Patz, who vanished while walking from his family's SoH...