Monday, January 28, 2019

Detroit trial update: Jury still in deliberation at end of Monday, Jan 28

(Reposted from email, 1/28/19 -- to learn more, follow #Gilbert7 on twitter)

Friends and Family,

Just a note to update you on the latest with the #Gilbert7 trial in Detroit's 36th District Court.  The jury reconvened for deliberations at 9:00 a.m. today in the effort to deliver a unanimous verdict in the case against the seven members of the MI Poor People's Campaign on trial for "obstructing a street care."  After deliberating much of the day the judge adjourned the trial and jury deliberations at 2:30 p.m. closing the courthouse down due to the weather. 

The jury will begin deliberations again on Tuesday, January 29th at 9:00 a.m. toward determining a unanimous verdict of guilt or innocence.  It is entirely possible that at some point Judge Larry Williams, Jr. will declare a mistrial, which might have multiple possible outcomes, including a decision by the Prosecutor's Office to pursue another trial against the seven defendants.  Other possibilities include the prosecutor asking that the defendants plead no contest to the charges, or offer possible dismissal of charges under certain conditions.  At this point we just don't know how things will go or how long the judge will continue to require the jury to deliberate.  

We will continue to keep you informed.  Thank you for your continued support of the Gilbert 7 and the Poor People's Campaign.  No matter the outcome of this trial, we will collectively continue to advocate with and on behalf of people impacted by poverty, racism, war, materialism and environmental devastation.

Forward together!

Greg Olszta
For the Washtenaw Poor People's Campaign