Jurors Resume Deliberations In 'Wii' Trial
Does Request For 10-Digit Calculator Indicate Possible Award Size?
October 26, 2009 at 4:52 AM (PT)
Jurors concluded day six of deliberations FRIDAY (10/23) without a verdict in the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" wrongful death trial in SACRAMENTO between the family of JENNIFER STRANGE, and ENTERCOM/SACRAMENTO and ENTERCOM COMMUNICATIONS. The jury is back TODAY -- and THE SACRAMENTO BEE reports a request from last week might indicate the direction the jury is leaning.
The jury requested "and received a 10-digit adding machine to help them through their deliberations. The jury had asked SACRAMENTO Superior Court Judge LLOYD A. PHILLIPS for an Excel computer program. PHILLIPS denied the request, but he did provide the seven men and five women on the jury with a pad of paper and a calculator, according to the court's minute orders. Apparently not satisfied, jurors then asked for the 10-digit adding machine, and the judge rounded one up for them," writes THE BEE.
"I think it means they're thinking about damages," said MCGEORGE SCHOOL OF LAW professor LAWRENCE C. LEVINE. "They must have decided on liability and now they're playing with very big numbers."