- Brian Chilson
- JURORS ‘COULDN’T GET PAST THE BADGE’: Juror says two holdouts for acquittal of Josh Hastings refused to convict a police officer.
Spoke this morning with a juror in the manslaughter trial of former LRPD officer Josh Hastings. The trial ended in a hung jury and mistrial yesterday after two full days of deliberations. The marquee quote from the juror on the two female holdouts who refused to convict: “They were biased. I really feel like they were, because they couldn’t get past the badge.”
In part, said the juror, the two holdouts favored acquittal because Hastings in the fatal shooting was “preventing future crimes.” She said that by the time the jury realized they were hopelessly deadlocked, the ten members who favored conviction were unanimous in their belief he should be convicted of the lesser charge of Negligent Homicide.
The juror asked that we keep her name confidential. Read details from a long conversation with her on the jump…
Also, Josh Hastings himself appears to have some comments on this Facebook page, Justice for Josh. A couple of posts are shown below, the first from late last night, the second from Saturday night.
The Facebook page has been removed, by the way,