Jury in Perrish Cox trial sent home for the night

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On Thursday afternoon, the jury contemplating the fate of former Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox began their deliberations.  By the close of business on Thursday, no verdict had been reached.

And so they’ll return on Friday morning to continue their deliberations.

The delay isn’t a good sign for prosecutors.  The short, simple two-days-and-change trial entailed a fairly narrow set of facts.  The alleged victim claims that she was raped after she passed out in Cox’s apartment.  Cox denied having sex with her in an interview with police.  She ended up being pregnant, and the DNA of the fetus matched Cox, who opted not to tell his side of the story at trial.

A certain high-profile trial from 16-plus years ago showed that even conclusive DNA evidence can be rejected.  And the requirement of proof beyond a reasonable doubt and unanimity among the jurors means that only one holdout can block a conviction.

Even though those protections may entail someone who is factually guilty being acquitted, those protections protect us all against a wrongful conviction and imprisonment.  Though it’s hard to sell that to the victims of a crime and members of the public who want to see justice done, it’s one of the most fundamental aspects of our entire system of government.

So whether it’s O.J. Simpson in 1995 or Casey Anthony in 2011 or Perrish Cox in 2012, the acquittal of someone who by all appearances seems to be guilty as sin should, at some level, be embraced as proof that our freedoms extend to not having our freedom taken away absent compelling proof.

32 responses to “Jury in Perrish Cox trial sent home for the night

  1. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves Mike. The jury charge in a rape case can sound very complex and technical at first blush. Additionally, it just takes 1 out of 12 jurors choosing not to see the writing on the wall to jam up an entire deliberation. Afternoon closings followed by a jury charge regularly require jurors to return for additional deliberation the next day especially because, unlike civil proceedings, the verdict must be unanimous. Let’s not write this case off just yet.

  2. The jury going home for the night really isn’t a bad thing for the prosecution. The case just ended today and maybe they have already came to a decision – they just need to sleep on it.

    As for O.J., there was enough evidence but he had great lawyers. And alot of DNA/forensic evidence wasn’t allowed to be shown during that case. But O.J. probably did do it.

    For Casey Anthony, that was the perfect example of creating reasonable doubt. Her whole family was inconsistent on the witness stand (except her brother), the meter reader’s testimony was suspect, and the prosecutors did not prove that it was a murder (Just b/c she partied doesn’t mean she killed her child). Maybe she wasn’t completely innocent, but she wasn’t entirely guilty.

  3. Why is there a bottle of Cholula hot sauce on the defendant’s table, in front of Cox?

    That’s weird.

  4. I agree with everything you say 100 percent Mike. I think the question many of us (including me) have is that if DNA isn’t compelling proof, what on earth is?

  5. “Even though those protections may entail someone who is factually guilty being acquitted, those protections protect us all against a wrongful conviction and imprisonment. Though it’s hard to sell that to the victims of a crime and members of the public who want to see justice done, it’s one of the most fundamental aspects of our entire system of government.”

    Could you hop over to HBT and relay this message to all of guys crying about the Ryan Braun decision? Yes, I think he’s guilty, but they don’t seem to understand that the rule of law is what makes our country so great. Sometimes it fails, but it largely protects us all and is the basis of our rights and freedoms!

  6. I don’ know Mr. F, I have a feeling Perrish is going to wish for some hot sauce in the clank to go with his powdered eggs an ramen noodles.

  7. .

    1. Jurors are strangers. Sometimes they need to get acquainted before deliberating seriously.

    2. In a serious crime you seek certainty which can require patience. When I was on a jury, I didn’t speak until I read or handled every exhibit in the evidence box.

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  8. The more important question(s) besides the hot sauce is, Mike where do you get these pics they are hilarious.

  9. “A certain high-profile trial from 16-plus years ago showed that even conclusive DNA evidence can be rejected. And the requirement of proof beyond a reasonable doubt and unanimity among the jurors means that only one holdout can block a conviction.”

    I would agree with that statement if not for the circumstances on how the DNA evidence was acquired. The blood found at O J’s house had been proven to obtain some type of preservative that is normally used when collecting blood samples so that the sample will not coagulate.

    That evidence was found on a lone sock in the middle of an immaculate bedroom and on a sample that was taken from a gate entering his premises. Did O J kill his ex and her “friend” very brutally; jump in the triple white Bronco; precede to drive home; take a sample of blood and inject the anti-coagulate into said sample; apply sample to gate and sock; and place sock in the middle of an extremely clean bedroom.

    I can believe it, especially since the top four senior investigating officers at the crime scene had left the bodies still exposed at the crime scene to go to O J’s house just to inform him of his ex wife’s demise while scaling the perimeter wall (according to the detectives testimony) without authorization and somehow the racist detective finds a blood soaked glove on the property. That same detective was taped stating that he has planted evidence in previous cases.

    Sounds like an iron-clad case to me.

  10. Would these women just give these guys some already?! I mean, is Cox’s game that weak? Dude, you’re paid, would it hurt to have some personality, dinner and a movie, first.

    Jesus – compromise, its all good, people.

  11. The police mishandled so much of the evidence in the OJ case they practically sabotaged themselves. Add to that the hour after hour; day after day; tedious testimony and cross examination of the DNA evidence that caused the jury’s eyes to gloss over. This case was so much shorter and to the point.

    With Cox stating he didn’t have sex with her sort of makes it hard to go the “it was consentual” route. They could go the JFK route and use the “magic sperm” explanation.

    As for the hot sauce; who said this picture is from the courtroom? Probably taken during lunch. Funny though.

  12. I knew I saw Pauly Shore! He’s juror #8. He’s holding this whole thing up because he’s homeless. Don’t read too much into it.

  13. tunesmith says:
    Mar 1, 2012 8:17 PM
    I think the more important question is, why is there a lone bottle of hot sauce on the defendant’s table?

    Because one bottle is all it takes!

  14. Spoken like a lawyer.

    The only thing an acquittal of someone who appears to be guilty of sin after a trial proves is that all it takes is one close minded idiot to allow a guilty person to walk among us instead of being locked up where he/she belongs.

  15. The picture is ironic since Cox just cannot be relied upon to truthfully account for the whereabouts of his hot sauce.

  16. best thing he could of said was…

    ” Hey I didnt rape her, We had sex before ” I did have sex with the woman but not on that night…”

    Its a shot in the dark but, eh…

  17. There’s nothing here to vindicate him. He’s done. Though I have no legal training, why not at least claim consensual sex on another occasion? Bad advice. Bad defense lawyering.

  18. Alert! Alert!
    If you look closely, you will see its actually Michael Vick. Michael is just praying before he feasts on a large bowl of PittBull stew! You gotta have it spicy Hommie!!!

  19. Even thought the system is deeply flawed, we should be happy we have it. We should be happy that innocent people walk. No process improvemnt needed.

    Shuffle your feet forward sheeple.

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