Hickory Daily Record: Jurors sacrifice in pursuit of justice

“Two juries, different results, but both did their duty and followed the law.

In Newton, a jury could not reach a decision on condemning Edwardo Wong Jr. to death for murdering a highway patrol officer.

They deliberated long and hard, and were split 6-6 when they told the Catawba County Superior Court judge they were hopelessly deadlocked.

Edwardo Wong. credit: John Fletcher, Jfletcher@citizen-times.com

By North Carolina law, Wong’s sentence is automatically life in prison.

The same jury had earlier convicted Wong of murder. Jurors had to be unanimous then, and they had to be unanimous in deciding whether to give him life or death.

The same set of circumstances applied in New Haven, Conn., in determining the sentence of Steven Hayes for the rape, torture and murder of a woman and her two daughters.”

Full article here: Jurors sacrifice in pursuit of justice

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