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Etan Patz

The hung jury in the Etan Patz case was right

The hung jury in the Etan Patz case was right

A judge in New York City declared a mistrial Friday in the case of Pedro Hernandez, a disabled factory worker charged in one of the most famous child abductions in modern memory: the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz more than 30 years ago.

The jury was deadlocked, 11 to 1. The holdout, 42-year-old Adam Sirois, insisted there wasn't sufficient evidence to convict Hernandez, whose history of schizophrenic delusions and hallucinations complicated his confession.

Sirois has since become a minor celebrity, giving interviews and, in one case, being compared to Henry Fonda's character in the 1957 film “Twelve Angry Men,” a courtroom drama in which a single juror...