Well, this is strange… I wondered why the jury in the Ted Stevens trial asked to be dismissed 15 minutes early because they were too stressed out. What could be so stressful that you couldn’t stick it out for the final 15 minutes of the day?? The answer – Juror #9. Apparently Jurors 1-8, and Jurors 10-12, all want her gone.
Today, they passed U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan three notes, including one about the combative juror in question. The juror, No. 9, works for the National Guard as a bookkeeper.
Out of their presence, Sullivan read from the note the jury foreman sent him, which began, “We the jury request that juror No. 9 be removed from the jury.”
“She is being rude, disrespectful and unreasonable,” the foreman wrote. “She has had violent outbursts with other jurors and that’s not helping anyone. The jurors are getting off-course. She’s not following the laws and rules that are being stipulated to in the main instructions.”
Sullivan said out of the jury’s presence that he did consider asking the foreman to explain to the court what he meant by “violent,” because he had safety concerns.
Instead, the judge called the whole jury to the courtroom so he could remind them of their obligation to be civil to one another and foster an atmosphere of “mutual respect.
Judge Sullivan talked to the jury, and sent them back. So there they are, ready now to wrap up the second day of deliberations.
I’m guessing this isn’t stellar news for the prosecution, because obviously they’re not all in happy agreement about everything. But if it’s 11-1, that’s interesting too. Speculation is dangerous.
I actually saw Mark Begich today, and how the man is not on an intravenous Pepto Bismol drip is beyond me. Day three tomorrow…