This didn’t happen in Twelve Angry Men! The Ted Stevens jury is starting to unravel like a bad scarf.
On the first day, the jury asked to be dismissed 15 minutes early because they were apparently so stressed out they just couldn’t make it until 5:00. Eyebrows across Alaska raised.
The culprit was Juror #9, a bookkeeper for the National Guard. She was apparently so obnoxious, so rude, and so hostile to her fellow jurors that each and every one of them requested that she be removed from the jury. They sent a note to Judge Emmett Sullivan asking for her ouster. The verdict? No dice.
Judge Sullivan called them all in, sat them down and reminded them of the rules of civility, and of the 80+ pages of regulations they were supposed to follow. Then he told them to make nice and go back to their room. Off they went.
As if this bizarre turn of events wasn’t enough…..enter Juror #4. Or should I say “Exit Juror #4.” It seems that Juror #4, a licensed paralegal who works for a mortgage company, had some kind of family emergency Thursday evening, and told a U.S. Marshal that she had to leave the state. When the judge was informed, and the court tried to contact Ms. 4, they were unable to find her. Poof! Gone.
That’s one pathologically rude, and one AWOL. And then there were 10?
This is why they have alternates, in this case, four alternates. Judge Sullivan has asked for briefs by 7am, and is holding a hearing at 9:00am Eastern time to discuss the matter. He may replace the wayward juror with an alternate, let the deliberations proceed with only 11 jurors, or possibly give the jury Friday off, if #4 is able to be present by Monday.
If all goes well Mudflatters, this will post just before the hearing starts. I am trying out the “auto post” feature, which allows me to post here while in reality, snoozing in the other room. That’s right, this is the Mudflats version of a Robocall! Gotcha!! (A woman screams! A baby cries!)
So, you all will know the outcome before I will. Because as much as I am a Ted Stevens Trial junkie, I am not getting up at 5:00 in the morning. I’d do it for the verdict, but not for Juror #4. I’ll see you back here at 8:30 Alaska time with a nice cup of black coffee.