Jurors in the trial for former Premier Andrew Fahie have started protesting about the slow pace of the trial and other issues they feel are being overlooked.
Fahie faces several counts of drug smuggling, money laundering and racketeering before a Miami court and is looking at possible life imprisonment if convicted on the charges against him by the United States government.
Testimony in the trial — which has gone on for five days so far — is usually ended by Justice Kathleen Williams after 2 pm each day to accommodate members of the jury who don’t have access to childcare after that time.
But earlier this week, the judge received a note from a juror expressing dissatisfaction that the trial was being drawn out for no reason. There was also a complaint to the judge that witnesses in the courtroom might be watching testimony given by other witnesses.
Justice Williams decided that the jurors were not discussing the trial amongst themselves – a practice that is disallowed before the case is closed, and deliberations have begun.
However, the judge expressed concern about jurors who felt the case should move faster. The juror who was frustrated by the trial’s slow pace confirmed after being questioned in open court that the jury had only discussed “time” issues, not the actual case.
The judge cautioned the jury and urged them to refrain from such discussions in the future. She reminded them that the trial wouldn’t be like any TV shows they had watched and that there would be no reference for them for the amount of time the trial would likely take.
Justice Williams also asked jurors to be patient and said she worked around scheduling issues even though she didn’t have to do this.
In the meantime, the court heard from Fahie’s attorney, Theresa Van Vliet, that the former Premier was unlikely to testify at any stage of the trial, barring any miraculous event.
Forensic evidence was also heard by the court concerning data taken from phones seized by investigators.
It is expected that Fahie’s alleged co-conspirator Oleanvine Maynard, will testify sometime this week as the prosecution’s star witness.
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