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How Tainted Can A Jury Be?In a courtroom with a federal judge, a dozen federal attorneys, a group of defendant, and spectators, a nervous juror entered the courtroom, separated from the other jurors, and had the courage to tell the Court that people were using improper influence in the jury room. The Court snapped at this literally shaking woman.
With uncommon bravado, she insisted that people were making decisions for other people. Again, the Court's voice rose, saying, "Ah! Ah! I don't want to hear it!" and sent her back into the jury room for deliberations! One might think the lawyers would be leaping. Not a peep from any of the attorneys present. Nearly a dozen defense lawyers, and not one of them raised their voice.
It's illuminative to mention a rather eerie connection amongst this group of federal so-called defenders:
SEVEN of these attorneys were and remain high-profile examples of lawyers who manage to lose a vast majority of their cases.
That leads some to claim that these lawyers were not intentionally tolerating such perversion of the jury process,
that in fact they genuinely did not know how to respond to a court that was tolerating so many different oddities.
multiple issues of jury interference and subornment, as direct as any arbiter of law or ethics could ask for.
At one point, another juror notified the Court that her Mercedes
Benz had been hit and damaged in the courthouse parking lot, and that she was sure the hit
and run had been committed by one of the defendants, Annette Haley, with Haley's Mercedes
Benz. Never mind that Haley had numerous outside investments; none of the other defendants except the publisher of Who's Who had ever owned a Mercedes. Yet the impression on the jury was clearly significant, more so with a juror carping in every private jury session that a rich defendant's Mercedes had hit and damaged her car, AND had denied it and "Who's going to pay for it?," and.... ... and this does not bode well.