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No-one knows how they were split except the jury members themselves. The DPP will consider all aspects of how the case played out, as well as the attitude of the complainant, in making a decision about a re-trial.
lol I never said how they were split my contribution here was based on ifs. But they were split lol. I will just be surprised it it proceeds to another trial... just my view.
 

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what I thought was an announcement that the first verdict returned was 11-1
A judge never asks the foreperson what the split is, only 'have you arrived at a verdict?' You may have misheard some news report (or more likely, correctly heard some incorrect news report!)
 

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A judge never asks the foreperson what the split is, only 'have you arrived at a verdict?' You may have misheard some news report (or more likely, correctly heard some incorrect news report!)

Yeah, finally realised that & edited my post!
 

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lol I never said how they were split my contribution here was based on ifs. But they were split lol. I will just be surprised it it proceeds to another trial... just my view.
I was just commenting on you speculating that the DPP decision for a new trial might depend on what the jury split was. But the DPP wouldn't know the split, no-one does. That's all I meant.
 

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I was just commenting on you speculating that the DPP decision for a new trial might depend on what the jury split was. But the DPP wouldn't know the split, no-one does. That's all I meant.
I would say the DPP would have a pretty good feel for the likely split based on their view of how the case transpired. Same as the defence - they would have a pretty decent feel for how they think the jury might have voted based on the different "evidence" and cross examinations.
 

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IMHO, an unsatisfactory result for both the plaintiff and the defendants; both have suffered in different ways during the whole process.

What a **** up!!

Can you imagine the poor girl having to go through the whole thing AGAIN!!

She and the guys now have come to terms with not being believed, as well as the trauma, allegedly, suffered on the night.

Also, the defendants they are still under suspicion by a large portion of the public and after this aborted trial always will be.
 
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Surely the NRL is possibly digging themselves a huge hole here? Stood down for 2 years now possibly another 18 months. JDB career is effectively over in 18 months. If found not guilty NRL could be in for some major damages no?
 

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A second trial would be pressed to find people that wouldn't have come across details of this case in the preceding 3+ years. Its a very murky rabbit hole.
 

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I would say the DPP would have a pretty good feel for the likely split based on their view of how the case transpired. Same as the defence - they would have a pretty decent feel for how they think the jury might have voted based on the different "evidence" and cross examinations.
Maybe although in my experience having been in plenty of jury trials I find it seriously impossible to predict. They are human beings after all! And that is the view of pretty much everyone on both sides whenever we've spoken about it. The mysteries of how juries work is quite unlike anything else I can think of, and of course each jury is different. I'm sure some don't even pay attention to the evidence and just go on gut feel, others the opposite etc.
I reckon the DPP will be focussing on the evidence and how it came out in court. If the complainant is not keen for another go then that is a big consideration as well.
 

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Maybe although in my experience having been in plenty of jury trials I find it seriously impossible to predict. They are human beings after all! And that is the view of pretty much everyone on both sides whenever we've spoken about it. The mysteries of how juries work is quite unlike anything else I can think of, and of course each jury is different. I'm sure some don't even pay attention to the evidence and just go on gut feel, others the opposite etc.
I reckon the DPP will be focussing on the evidence and how it came out in court. If the complainant is not keen for another go then that is a big consideration as well.
Just as I said - " I reckon the DPP will be focussing on the evidence and how it came out in court". - I just said basically the same thing. Anyways moving on I am learning people are very much about semantics on here.
 

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So, in essence, the woman at the centre of the allegations now has to potentially go through the entire ordeal again, bringing up another bout of emotional trauma, etc...or give up, and it was all for nothing.

And the males at the centre of the allegations are still having their name tarnished by the NRL, with their bull**** policy. Also missing out on potential earnings, etc, and also going through the emotional trauma, etc.
Or they drop the case, and they went through it all for nothing.


What a seriously fabulous system we have going.
Just so much winning!
 

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So, in essence, the woman at the centre of the allegations now has to potentially go through the entire ordeal again, bringing up another bout of emotional trauma, etc...or give up, and it was all for nothing.

And the males at the centre of the allegations are still having their name tarnished by the NRL, with their bull**** policy. Also missing out on potential earnings, etc, and also going through the emotional trauma, etc.
Or they drop the case, and they went through it all for nothing.


What a seriously fabulous system we have going.
Just so much winning!
How have the NRL tarnished their name?JDB was the only one doing the tarnishing
 

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How have the NRL tarnished their name?JDB was the only one doing the tarnishing

The NRL are discretionally standing players down under their made-up stand down "no fault" policy.
If you think that this has no effect on the players reputation, then I disagree....see Brett Stewart as example 1....and his subsequent reaction to David Gallop suspending him for 4 games.

And in other examples, like Matt Lodge, the game closes ranks around him, and he is free to play, despite his arguably more despicable actions, also involving a female, as well as her child.
Russell Packer being another.
 

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Can both parties now choose to have a retrial heard by a judge only?
I think that a judge has greater chance of sorting out the fact from the fiction, particularly in such cases of he-said, she-said.
There is every chance another jury would be unlikely to come up with a finding, whereas a judge* would deliver a verdict, one way or the other. There also would be enormous cost savings to the taxpayer.
* In fact, why couldn't the judge in a case be empowered to give a verdict when there is a hung jury? Isn't it time to modernise the legal system?
 

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The NRL are discretionally standing players down under their made-up stand down "no fault" policy.
If you think that this has no effect on the players reputation, then I disagree....see Brett Stewart as example 1....and his subsequent reaction to David Gallop suspending him for 4 games.

And in other examples, like Matt Lodge, the game closes ranks around him, and he is free to play, despite his arguably more despicable actions, also involving a female, as well as her child.
Russell Packer being another.
As apportioned between the NRL's stand down policy and the charges for a very serious crime being prosecuted by the DDP, which do you think has the greatest effect on the player's reputation? At least for me, JDB's reputation is tarnished as a result of the allegations that form the basis of the charges (not to mention the facts established in the trial), not because the NRL has stood him down.

And while I understand the comparisons to Packer and Lodge, three things I think are relevant. First, the stand down policy is not designed to punish but protect the NRL's commercial interests, which the Federal Court said was reasonable and not unlawful. Second, both spent time out of the game and were deemed to have sufficiently rehabilitated so it is not as if a blind eye was turned to their conduct. Third, and probably most importantly, Packer's and Lodge's conduct occurred before the 'Summer of Hell' where in a short space of time JDB, Hayne and Walker were charged with crimes where in each case it was a woman who was/is the alleged victim.

Like others have pointed out, the major issue is the time it takes for the matter to be resolved in the courts, but that is not within the NRL's control. As for the stand down policy itself and the rationale for it, I have become increasingly comfortable with it although I acknowledge I am swimming against the tide.
 

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If people think the stand down rule doesn't influence jurors before a case goes to trial they are kidding themselves.

The rule must be scrapped and the people who run the game need to start focusing on real issues within the code. Like the farcical salary cap, country footy and the knee jerk policy decisions that lead to poorly conceived rule changes. The blatant favouritism of certain clubs and the glaring inconsistencies they expect the fans to just put up with each year.

The players are the business... without them there is no product.
 

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