According to Bombs, Taxes, and Red Crayons, it’s been quite a day at the trial of the Brown supporters, but the jury has finally delivered its final verdict.
Earlier in the day, there was an outburst in the courtroom.
Lawyers for Gonzalez and the government met in a room adjoining the courtroom for more than half an hour following the reading of the verdicts. After their conference, they met with Singal in his chambers. The judge later instructed the jury to keep deliberating.
Just before the jury left the room, Gonzalez yelled a message to them.
“Jury nullification is your right,” he said. A second statement was difficult to hear.
Singal called the parties back into his chambers after the outburst.
There was another outburst when a supporter, Joe Haas, yelled “point of order”, and the judge had him removed from the courtroom. According to the Concord Monitor, Chief Deputy Marshal Gary Dimartino said later that Haas was merely escorted from the building, and he was not arrested.
The jury later returned with guilty verdicts against Cirino “Reno” Gonzalez on the aiding and abetting and conspiracy charges, but they were unable to reach a verdict on the other charges.
It is unknown whether the government will retry Reno Gonzalez on the charges not resolved.