How to watch the Balfour Beatty Bridge trial
Posted On July 23, 2021
When the judge announced his decision to dismiss the case on the grounds that the jury could not agree on the veracity of the witness testimony, one of the jurors asked him: “What about the other two jurors who testified that they didn’t believe the witness?”
The judge answered, “Well, that is their decision.”
But the judge said he would have to consider it again when he returns to the case.
A few days after the trial ended, Judge George F. Brandis announced the verdict.
The judge ruled that there was sufficient evidence for the jury to convict Balfours husband of killing a man during an attempted robbery.
It was the first conviction for a British soldier accused of killing an unarmed American during a war in Iraq in 2003.
The conviction also set a new precedent, with the British military convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Balfors lawyers argued that the prosecution’s case was flawed because the jurors were unable to reach a verdict on the credibility of the witnesses.
The judge said the jury was required to find Balfries guilt, not on the evidence, and that the verdict should be overturned because it did not meet the legal requirements.
The verdict was expected to be announced Wednesday evening.
The jury began deliberations on March 9, 2014, in a court room in Balfore, a city in southern England, and the prosecution was represented by defense lawyer Stephen J. Cairns.
Baffled at first, the jurors said they did not believe the witnesses, and some said they could not find them guilty.
Buford said that after a number of hours of deliberation, the jury’s decision was unanimous.
“The jury’s verdict is the most important verdict that we’ve made,” he said.
Bafles trial is the first in Britain since British soldiers were accused of war-crimes in Iraq, where the British Army has fought since the 2003 invasion.
The case was originally brought by two women, one from Birmingham and one from Edinburgh, who alleged that Balfys husband, Lance Corporal Paul Fitch, and his platoon had fired a round from a British-made M4A1 rifle into a group of Iraqi civilians at the end of 2003, killing at least 12.
The three men were convicted and sentenced to death.
In 2014, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that Britain was “very sorry” for the killing, but that he believed that British soldiers would have been “less likely” to commit war crimes.