Local Attorneys Say Amy Senser's Presumed Appeal Could Get Interesting

Updated: 05/16/2012 7:27 AM KSTP.com By: Jennifer Griswold

Several local attorneys say they don't expect Amy Senser's guilty verdicts to stand.

The discussion among legal experts revolves around how the jury was instructed. Amy Senser was found guilty of two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide: leaving the scene and failure to report the crash. According to the statutes the charges involve a person knowing he/she hit a person.

The jury was instructed to look at whether she knew she hit a person or a vehicle. We spoke on the phone with a couple attorneys and on camera with Hamline Law Professor Joe Daly and Criminal Defense Attorney Ryan Pacyga.

All the experts agreed that the vehicle portion that is in parentheses probably should not have been part of the jury instructions.

This comes into play after a note was revealed last week. The note from the jury to the judge said, "we believe, she belived [sic] she hit a car or vehicle and not a person."

Amy Senser's attorney has until Friday to file post-trial motions. The judge could reverse the decision or grant a new trial. But most attorneys think this debate will be taken up by the appellate court.

Senser was found guilty earlier this month of hitting and killing Anousone Phanthavong last August.