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Judge Arrests Former Juror Regarding Personal History Not Provided To Attorneys

February 17, 2012

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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!
If you have any questions or comments about this post, please cnotact David Tavella at <a href="mailto:dtavella@wcmlaw.com">dtavella@wcmlaw.com</a>.
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