No one knows what the jurors are thinking

The jurors brought in food. They must be planning on working through lunch.

The jurors wore Hawaiian shirts. They must be feeling laid back.

The jurors asked to hear again a certain witness’s testimony. They must be basing their verdict on that person’s statements.

As much as we would like to believe we know what the 12 jurors are thinking as they deliberate in the Dickie E. Anderson murder trial in New London Superior Court, this is all pure conjecture.

What happens in the jury room stays in the jury room, and the only thing to do is wait until they are ready to announce the verdict in open court.

While we would like it to happen sooner rather than later, we can’t forget that they are deciding two murder cases that date back to the 1990s. Anderson is accused of killing Renee Pellegrino in 1997 and Michelle Comeau in 1998. The jury has listened to "read backs" of key witnesses, and as of Tuesday have been deliberating for six days.

Stay tuned for the verdict, whenever it comes.

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Often, imperfect justice is the best we can do

The sentence is too long. The sentence is too lenient. The settlement is excessive. The courts are a joke.

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