The Chicago Syndicate: Juror Communication Subject of Secret Hearing

Monday, September 03, 2007

Juror Communication Subject of Secret Hearing

There was a secret court hearing in the Family Secrets case that was closed to the public. The contents are under seal. But the Chicago Sun-Times learned it involved a juror in the case. The hearing caused the trial to start late Thursday, just before 3 p.m. Court is supposed to start at 9:30 a.m.

So what was the issue?

It did not involve someone trying to tamper with the juror, according to people familiar with the situation. It apparently involved some communication the juror made.

U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel, who by all accounts did an excellent job presiding over the trial, said he would unseal the matter after the trial is over.

Thanks to Steve Warmbir

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