June 10, 2009 12:24 PM
"Crockefeller" Jurors Ask For Insanity Explanation
(AP Photo/Essdras Suarez)
BOSTON (AP) Jurors in the kidnapping trial of a German-born man calling himself Clark Rockefeller have asked the judge for more explanation on the insanity defense, today, the third day of deliberations.
The jurors sent a written question to Judge Frank Gaziano Wednesday asking exactly what prosecutors must prove to show Rockefeller was sane when he kidnapped his 7-year-old daughter in Boston last July.
Gaziano told them the state must prove Rockefeller knew both that what he was doing was criminal and that it was morally wrong.
Defense lawyers say Rockefeller, whose real name is Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, was legally insane when he fled to Baltimore with his daughter.
Prosecutors call his insanity claim "preposterous" and say he planned the kidnapping for months.
The jury of eight women and four men started deliberating shortly after noon Monday and spent all day Tuesday discussing the case. Deliberations restarted Wednesday morning.
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