Jury Foreman Todd Easter, got a little more fame than he bargained for today after Nashville Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins granted a mistrial for Vanderbilt University foottball players, Brandon Vandenburg, and Corey Batey who were earlier convicted of multiple sex crimes.
Judge Watkins said:
“The defendants have a right to a fair and impartial trial, a right that was violated by juror #9’s conduct.”
Complicating the matter for himself, Vandenburg was also convicted for either tampering/obstruction of justice after flying back to California to get rid of the his co-Defendants phones. (Read: Evidence.)
But the case spun around Todd Easter, the juror who lied about a prior statutory rape conviction.
Because truth is stranger than fiction, Easter’s past was brought to light by…his attacker.
A: Get religion
B. Work on a plea deal.
Corey we think, might have religion. He apologized during the trial for his behavior. He owned it.
Brandon Vandenburg remained the total opposite.
Brandon Vandenburg’s prior, shouted claims including claiming he was second, (first) and that God was first, (second.) Dude never got the irony.
Defense attorneys will be in court at 9 a.m. Wednesday, rarin’ to go for bonds to be reinstated for Brandon Vandenburg, 22, and Cory Batey, 21. (Prior to trial, both had been out on bond.)
Also, as earlier mentioned, Vandenburg picked up another assault charge while out on bail, which will have a high-bail amount, impact.
Am thinking Corey Batey’s bail won’t be as high…but high bail over-all seems likely, given the amount of video and phone pics and texting data Vandenburg and the others, inadvertently supplied in copious amounts.
Also, plainly speaking, only the defendants are happy. Everyone else is in an uproar.
We likewise wonder if given time, if the only sober one in the bunch, another one of those Texas style graduates from a Christian school, Mack Prioleau, the team player who, testified after seeing what was going on, rolled over and pretended to be asleep, doing nothing to aid the victim.
A year and a half later, Prioleau set a new high on the creep-o-meter when he testified he still wasn’t sure if he wouldn’t do anything differently.
So naturally anyone might wonder if Prioleau will again testify – exactly the same way.
The victim has not yet weighed in.
Now seems like a great time for a plea deal. After all, this time, the Defendants attorneys might have finally gotten a clue their earlier defense,
“Devil alcohol and the college culture did it”
ain’t gonna fly.
A plea might work, considering the dorm video and the defendant’s own photographs and texts, seldom has one multiple sex crime ever been better documented by the Defendants themselves. But the ego of Vandenburg’s family in going all in, can’t be discounted.