Juror in Sheldon Silver Trial Requests to Be Released

30 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Juror in Sheldon Silver Trial Requests to Be Released.

Deliberations in the corruption trial of Assemblyman Sheldon Silver took another dramatic and immediate turn on Monday, as a juror asked the judge to be removed from the case. “I, [name redacted], Juror #11, no longer wish to participate as a juror on this case.

The trial of Sheldon Silver, 71, an assemblyman from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, begins its fifth week on Monday, with the jury set to resume deliberations. Thank you.” Silver’s trial nearly went off the rails last week when a different juror wanted off the case, complaining she was being picked on by fellow panelists. Thank you.” Last week, as the jury first convened deliberations, an unidentified juror sent a similar request to the judge, saying that she was “feeling pressured, stressed out … told that I’m not using my common sense, my heart is pounding and my head feels weird.” “I am so stressed out right now that I can’t even write normally,” the juror wrote. “I don’t feel like I can be myself right now! The 71-year-old Silver, once one of the state’s most powerful politicians, is accused of trading taxpayer cash and political favors for legal work he supplied to two law firms that paid him nearly $4 million in referral fees.

That’s the very essence of jury deliberation.” The juror who wrote the note last week had also asked for a private meeting with the judge, but the judge declined, saying that the “law, generally, does not allow me to meet with a member of a deliberating jury.” Mr. One was placed when an original juror was excused after her employer said that he would pay her for only 10 days; a second alternate was used to replace another juror who had injured her ankle and had a medical appointment that would have conflicted with deliberations.

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