Hatch trial goes to the jury

Richard Hatch’s fate is now in the hands of a jury, which resumes its deliberations this morning after deliberating for two hours last night. The very worst-cast scenario for Rich: he could serve “a maximum of 73 years in prison and $3.1 million in fines, if he were convicted on all 10 counts and the judge ordered him to serve the sentences consecutively.”

During closing arguments, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Reich told the jury, “There’s one reason he filed that return. Greed. He didn’t want to pay the taxes he owed.” But Rich’s lawyer, Christopher Minns, said he just screwed up. “Honest people do the best they can, and they make mistakes every day.” He also compared Rich to the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Really. “He was supposed to be the evil villain. Everybody has gone after him since, like the Hunchback of Notre Dame,” Minns said.

Despite his lawyer’s potentially explosive allegations last Friday to reporters that Rich made a deal with producers after catching others cheating, Rich “never testified about the allegations in front of the jury,” according to the AP.

Hatch faces real-life tribe as jury mulls his fate and Hatch’s tax case goes to the jury [Providence Journal]
Jury Begins Deliberating ‘Survivor’ Case [AP]

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