‘Desperate Housewives’ jury deadlocks for mistrial
A judge declared a mistrial Monday in Nicollette Sheridan’s wrongful-termination trial after the jury deadlocked, leaving an unresolved finale to a trial that focused on the behind-thescenes intrigue and personalities of TV’S “Desperate Housewives.”
Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White excused the panel after it deadlocked 8-4 in favor of the claim by Miss Sheridan.
Miss Sheridan strolled out of the courthouse without speaking to reporters. Her attorney, Mark Baute, said he would retry the case.
The jury first reported problems in deliberations on Thursday then resumed discussions Monday. It later reported no change and said they didn’t expect any additional time or attorneys’ arguments would help break the impasse.
Two jurors who sided with Miss Sheridan said after being released that the deliberations hinged on witness credibility, but they wouldn’t specify whom they found to be more trustworthy.
Miss Sheridan had been seeking roughly $6 million from her former employers. She claimed her role as Edie Britt was eliminated because she complained that series creator Marc Cherry struck her in the head during a September 2008 on-set dispute.
ABC attorneys denied all wrongdoing and presented witnesses who said Mr. Cherry received permission from top studio and network officials to kill Britt four months before his dispute with Miss Sheridan.