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Mike Jones

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Comment 08 May 2017

Harreld gave Barta an extension in the midst of all this, so I assume he doesn't care too much about puny state courts doing puny state court things. Maybe he'll care more about what the Department of Justice and the Southern District of Iowa have to say.

Comment 03 May 2017

I assume they meant a sealed verdict. A sealed verdict is when the jury basically writes their verdict on a piece of paper, they're dismissed and the verdict is entered by order of the court. So, everything sort of happens behind the scenes.

This is opposed to a verdict in open court, where the jury comes in, the verdict envelope is handed to the judge and he reads the verdict out loud with the jury and everyone present. The jurors can then be questioned or "polled" individually about whether or not that was their verdict.

By default, a verdict is entered in open court. The parties have to agree to a sealed verdict.