Well, in the end, we the jury found ourselves in a deadlock. Very frustrating, but we knew there was no more means of deliberating ourselves into concensus, so we let the judge know and ended the thing.
The defendent was accused of soliciting an undercover sheriff's deputy who was posing as a hooker in a sting operation. Another charge of loitering with intent, was something we'd reached concensus on much earlier - we found not guilty because we didn't think the D.A. had made her case. But hoo boy, did the 12 of us go round and round about the other charge. The defense (consisting of a student attorney and her mentor - really!) tried to make the case that, because the guy didn't specifically say the word 'yes', didn't give the hooker any money, and walked into the motel bathroom as soon as they were in the room, he never actually intended to go through with it.
Most of us thought the guy's actions of conversing about sex for money, driving to the hotel, meeting the woman he acknowledged he knew was a hooker (his testimony), and walking with her to her room, discussing money en route, pr-r-retty much constituted an implicit agreement. But one juror really stuck to his guns and said without more proof, he saw reasonable doubt.
I could respect the difference of opinion as far as that went. But the juror also wanted to send a message with his 'not guilty' vote that prosti tution sting ops on the whole constitute entrapment, and should be illegal. Grr-rr-r. To me, that was such a misguided response that I'm afraid I got pretty testy with him for a few minutes. I said, you're on a soapbox; you can't change the law using this one case, and you shouldn't try. I mean, philosophically, I don't believe prost itution should be illegal in the first place. But it is, and we all know it, and this guy knew it - and we have to determine his guilt within the confines of the law. If I can do it, sir, you can too!
We deliberated for hours, and did as careful a job as we could. But neither faction could convince the other, in the end. So we wound up being a hung jury. Frustrating to have that happen, after the week's investment of time and attention.
Hey, at least I have a free afternoon now, w00t! I think I'll start some laundry and read my Price of Government textbook.