Just when I think I've read it all... I saw this article on Law.com. According to it, in 2004 a NY judge gave a defendant a choice after trial while the jury was deliberating: 1) wait for the jury's verdict or 2) revoke your right to a jury, plead guilty, and take the judge's sentence. It was 3:30 on a Friday and the jury had said it was deadlocked and couldn't recovene until Tuesday.
Read the article for the rest -- it reads like an episode of Law & Order... or maybe a book plot. :-)
You just never know how the wheel's of justice will turn next.