Jurors are unpredictable. While in the vast majority of cases the jurors act in an ethical manner, sometimes a juror's actions cross the line. Such is the case in the ongoing saga of <em>United States v. Daugerdas</em>, a federal tax shelter fraud case.
In <em>Daugerdas,</em> Southern District of New York Judge Pauley had to issue an arrest warrant for one of the jurors involved in that case to determine if a new trial was warranted. The juror was subpoenaed to testify at a hearing. The juror refused to appear, and was arrested by U.S. Marshals. Apparently, the juror failed to inform the attorneys that she had a criminal history, that she was a suspended attorney, and that her husband was a convicted felon who had served seven years behind bars in New Jersey. When finally questioned about her failure to tell the truth during <em>voir dire</em>, she responded that she was a fair and impartial juror.
We'll see if the trial court agrees!
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