Or has the jury not yet returned a verdict? Note: as stated in title, this question is asking about the case that hit a jury this week.

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    Down voted for asking a lazy question. A Google search would have revealed the answer.
    – ohwilleke
    Oct 26 at 0:18
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    @ohwilleke I already tried and failed on both DDG and Google. Also title specified “this week,” not Oct. 2022. Oct 26 at 0:46
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    Where? On what charges? How do you know that there is a trial pending at all?
    – ohwilleke
    Oct 26 at 1:05
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    If it had a location and the charges and the underlying facts it would have been profoundly more easy to locate.
    – ohwilleke
    Oct 26 at 2:56
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    Deliberations can take up to a week or two, although they are usually shorter. In this case, there is a good chance that the jury will push to be done before the end of the day on Friday so that they don't have to return on Monday. Deliberations are longer in longer trials because many juries want to review all the evidence that they heard once together before ruling.
    – ohwilleke
    Oct 27 at 3:42

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Short Answer

A jury is currently deliberating on misdemeanor trespass charges and felony conspiracy to trespass charges against Wayne Hsiung in a Sonoma County, California court in Santa Rosa, California, in which Wayne Hsiung represented himself without an attorney.

This is most likely the case referred to in the question, although it is not an exact match to the description of the case in the question.

Long Answer

Wayne Hsiung was convicted of criminal charges for his animal activism on December 6, 2018 in Pennsylvania.

According to the New York Times, Wayne Hsiung was acquitted on Saturday, October 8, 2022 in a Utah case related to animal rights activism in which jury selection was underway as of September 30, 2022.

Wayne Hsiung has also been a defendant in other criminal cases related to his animal activism in his life.

The question doesn't clearly identify another case pending against him which made it difficult to figure out what it was referring to.

The most likely possibility, although it is guesswork necessitated by the lack of specificity is that this question, is that the question could be about a criminal trial conducted in Santa Rosa, California arising out of animal activism incidents associated with Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) that took place in 2018 and 2019, against Defendants Cassandra King, Priya Sawhney, and Wayne Hsiung.

Charges were dropped against Cassandra King and Priya Sawhney accepted a plea bargain, before the trial started in that case. It isn't a case that has been resolved already, however, as the question indicated.

This trial was scheduled to start September 8, 2023, and expected to last two weeks, or possibly longer, as of May 31, 2023. As of September 6, 2023 that trial was on schedule and subject to a gag order:

Activists affiliated with animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere, or DxE, are now facing trespassing and conspiracy to commit trespassing charges for their actions at Sunrise Farms and Reichardt Duck Farm in 2018 and 2019.

Defendants Cassandra King, Wayne Hsiung and Priya Sawhney have recently received adjusted charges, according to DxE press coordinator Alison Barnard. Their trial will begin Sept. 8 at the Santa Rosa Courthouse.

In the defendants’ pre-trial readiness hearing Sept. 1, Deputy District Attorney Robert Waner amended their charges, Barnard said, eliminating previous burglary and theft charges. Hsiung and Sawhney now face two counts of felony conspiracy to commit trespass and two counts of misdemeanor trespass. King faces these same charges but all as misdemeanors.

As noted here:

Former defendant Cassandra King had all charges against her dropped Sept. 8.

This Sonoma County, California case was continued to September 25, 2023 as of September 20, 2023, and was expected to last two weeks or more, after the trial judge's gag order was upheld on appeal.

As of October 5, 2023, when opening arguments began in that case, one source reported that:

An animal activist who participated in two protests at poultry farms near Petaluma more than four years ago told a Sonoma County jury Thursday he had good intentions and believed he wasn’t committing a crime when he tried to rescue the chickens and ducks he believed were being mistreated.

Wayne Hsiung, who is representing himself, delivered his opening statements to the jury of eight women and four men in Sonoma County Superior Court in Santa Rosa. He is charged with two felony counts of trespassing and two felony counts of conspiracy.

If convicted as charged he could be sentenced to as much as three years and eight months in prison, according to the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office.

The case, which is being overseen by Judge Laura Passaglia, stems from protests by animal activists that were held at two locations in Petaluma: Sunrise Farms on May 29, 2018, and Reichardt Duck Farm on June 3, 2019.

As of October 6, 2023, another source reported that:

Hsiung is now the only person on trial in this case after charges were dropped or plea deals were accepted regarding all the other co-defendants. He faces trespass and conspiracy to trespass as a lead organizer in the open rescues of 70 chickens and ducks from three different factory farms in Sonoma County, California between 2018 and 2019. Because of these actions, numerous animal rights activists, who claim they had the legal right to rescue suffering animals, were initially arrested for these rescues, but only a handful were prosecuted.

Closing statements were presented to the jury in this Sonoma County, California case yesterday, on October 24, 2023. The jury was deliberating in this case today (October 25, 2023). The jury did not announce that it had reached a verdict in the case today.

This jury will continue to deliberate until it reaches a verdict, or until the jurors reach a deadlock and a mistrial is declared. Deliberations of multiple days are typical in felony criminal jury trials, so there is no indication so far that a mistrial is likely.

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    Your articles are from 2022. There's another case going on right now. This is why the question is of very low quality, OP hasn't specified which case he's referring to.
    – user71659
    Oct 26 at 0:19
  • Downvoted for impertinent answer that doesn’t address the case specified in question title. Oct 26 at 0:49
  • How is it not an exact match to the title reference? Oct 26 at 2:56
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    @Seekinganswers It isn't a case in which a jury has rendered a verdict, so if you are looking for verdicts, you won't find one.
    – ohwilleke
    Oct 26 at 2:57
  • Okay, but why can’t the answer to the question then simply be “neither,” or “no”? (Followed as here by appropriate elaboration.) Oct 26 at 2:59

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