Juror Dismissed in Bell Corruption Trial; Deliberations to Restart – Jim Nash Reports
LOS ANGELES A juror in the Bell corruption trial was dismissed from the panel Thursday after reports of miscunduct.
The 60-year-old woman, identified only as Juror No. 3, will be replaced by an alternate juror and deliberations will have to start over.
The woman sent a note to the judge on Monday asking to be excused because she was having problems with at least one of her colleagues.
Judge Kathleen Kennedy, though, turned down the request and told the woman that discussions can get heated but that it was important to continue deliberating.
In dismissing the juror Thursday, Kennedy said she found her conduct unacceptable.
“She’s consulted with her daughter, she’s researched on the Internet, she’s brought in definitions from the Internet and it’s simply not acceptable for a member of the jury to do so; I don’t feel that she can continue to serve on this jury,” the judge said in court.
Council members Luis Artiga, Victor Bello, George Cole, Teresa Jacobo, Oscar Hernandez and George Mirabal are accused of misappropriating public funds by being paid for work on city boards that seldom met and did little work.
Their pay for the boards boosted their salaries to as high as $100,000 a year. After a four-week trial, jurors began deliberations late Friday morning.
-KTLA/Los Angeles Times.