February 1, 2011
Hamlet's Hung Jury
After a notoriously long delay in the proceedings, Prince Hamlet's trial for the murder of Polonius finally got underway in Los Angeles, California (a change of venue from Elsinore was granted--tainted jury pool there). The defense pled insanity, the prosecution argued homicide, and the result after expert testimony and a lot of wrangling was 10 to 2 for conviction. The jurors included actors Helen Hunt and Tom Irwin. Arguing for the prosecution were Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers and attorney Nathan J. Hochman, for the defense, Blair Berk and Richard J. Hersch. Associate Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy presided over the proceedings, held at the University of Southern California School of Law. More here.