We've all seen the drill on shows like Law and Order. The jury comes back and finds your client guilty, so, you, as the criminal defense attorney poll the jurors. They always say the same thing as the verdict, as they usually do in the real world. So what happens when one of the jurors doesn't agree with the verdict? That happened recently in New York, and surprisingly, neither lawyer nor the judge knew what to do. After a quick reference to their Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Court sent the jurors back for more deliberations. Long story short, the accused was acquitted and there was much rejoicing.
I'm reminded of an old Cheers episode, where Frasier was talking about when he was on his way to becoming a Rhodes Scholar, and Woody asked him why when they fixed the potholes, it the blacktop was so much darker than the rest of the street. "I don't know, I missed that day, Woody."
"And now it's come back to haunt you."