Charlie Weis’s medical malpractice suit against the doctors who performed gastric by pass surgery on him ended in a mistrial today after one of the jurors collapsed. According to the AP Report:
The judge immediately ordered the other jurors out of the courtroom, but some saw Ferguson, Hodin and other doctors who were in the courtroom rush to the juror’s aid.
An attorney for Weis said it was with “great reluctance” that he ask for the mistrial in the case that was expected to go to the jury Wednesday.
“I cannot think of an instance there would be more reason then when a juror has this kind of incident,” attorney Michael Mone said, noting some jurors had seen the doctors attending to the juror.
The case was expected to go to the jury on Wednesday which makes the timing of the mistrial inconvenient for all parties. Weis is apparently still planning on pursuing the case, but it will be interesting to see how the timing of another trial would impact his duties as head coach. With spring practice around the corner and then a month on the road recruiting, there is a rather small window for another trial before the start of the season.
Maybe someone with a better understanding of the court system can comment on how quickly another trial could be set because I have very little knowledge on the courts.