Theft / Embezzlement

Thomas Anthony Schaeffer

Case Conclusion Date:January 1, 2010

Practice Area:Criminal Defense

Outcome:Split

Description:Our client was accused of stealing from her a register at her work. At trial the facts made it clear that what the camera caught could not have been a thick stack of cash and that the manager responsible for the drawer had signed off on the cash pickup. After jury deliberations, the jury acquitted our client on the theft but, do to what can only be described as jury confusion, convicted our client on "taking property." In speaking with the jury afterwards, they did not believe that our client took money. This case highlights the problems with juries, even in cases where a win is possible.