Well, this is it, my final day at the courthouse during the Libby deliberations. I don’t know if this will be the day that the jury reaches a verdict. I would love it to be, but I have my doubts. So, stepping away from the reporting on minutiae and the speculation about what it means, let me return to some personal thoughts about the bigger picture.
The word has come down at around 4:45 that the jurors have left the building. There are lots of speculations about what it could mean. They’ve reached a decision and everyone wants to go home get a good night’s rest and come in with verdict clothes tomorrow. They are close and have decided to go home and sleep on it. They have reached an impasse and are going home to cool off. Perhaps there is a special sale at a local store, or they are having early happy hour for jurors at a local bar.
Strike that: It is now reported that Judge Walton had a five o'clock meeting and sent them home early.
Meanwhile, we’ve been told that they will be shutting down power in the building at midnight for maintenance. Power should be back by 3 AM, or maybe 10 AM, depending on what happens.
After this morning’s big non-event, there wasn’t much Libby related stuff to talk about during lunch. The discussion at the table I was eating at veered from talking about judges and their clerks to some journalists talking about the old days of the AP versus UPI and what it was like trying to submit stories from Saigon over painfully slow wires.
After much waiting, the sealed matter before Judge Walton appears to have been handled and monitor comes on. The audio is delayed.
Judge Walton says, I have received the parties proposal about what I should say. I have some questions in my mind about what the jurors are asking. Walton is sending the note back, saying he is not exactly certain what they are asking.
The media crew is rolling in. There is plenty of speculation about the note that will be discussed at 9:30. What do we do with the extra Valentine’s Day T-Shirt? Can we get more Post-Its? What should we do if we can’t reach agreement on one of the counts? Do you really not want us to wear jeans? We want the art critic back. One person who was hear late last night says the note a not deadlock note; it is not an important note, he loudly claims.