After five hours of deliberation, jury had a question

William J. Nealon Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Scranton

The all-white jury in the trial against two Shenandoah, Pa., men charged with a hate crime continues deliberating after five hours.

The 12 members of the jury came out to ask Judge Richard A. Caputo if at the time of the alleged conspiracy, did defendant Derrick Donchak had to know there would be an FBI investigation in the future?

Judge Caputo instructed the jury, reading to them the US Code 18 Title 371 that addresses conspiracy. After this, the jury went back to deliberate.

Earlier today, Mr. Donchak was seen in company of a girl throwing a coin to a fountain and walking in the park across the US Courthouse in Scranton.

When I later approached Mr. Donchak to ask him how these days have been for him, he stepped-up his march and said “rough.”

Also, it is visible the increase in the number of media outlets that have made their way to Scranton to cover the verdict. And that’s because at the time the jury came out to ask their questions, journalists were half the audience in the courtroom.

Wait for more updates.


About Gustavo Martínez Contreras

was born in Texas, brewed in Mexico City, seasoned in the Mexico-United States border, aged walking the streets of Philadelphia. He had a short-lived stint eating grits, fried chicken, and peaches in Atlanta. He later became a béisbol writer for El Diario de Nueva York. He has written about immigrant communities in English, Spanish, and some Spanglish. Although he does not have a shelf full of awards, Gustavo has received thank you notes and hugs from people who have trusted him with their stories. His work has appeared in Voices of New York, El Diario/La Prensa, Dallas’ Al Día, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, Philadelphia Weekly, Radio Bilingüe, Latina Lista,, among others. He is currently pursuing a master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
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