‘Des­per­ate Housewives’ jury dead­locks for mis­trial

The Washington Times Daily - - Television -

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.

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