Archive for Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Stevens juror lied about father’s death

November 4, 2008


— A juror who vanished during Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' corruption trial told the judge Monday she lied about her father dying and flew to California to see horse races.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered Marian Hinnant, identified as juror No. 4, to return to court to explain why she disappeared during jury deliberations. Hinnant, 52, brought a stack of handwritten notes with her to the court on Monday along with public defender A.J. Kramer, and told the judge that her father hadn't died and she was at the Breeders' Cup in Arcadia, Calif.

She apologized for lying, and then started a long rambling story about horses, which included references to horse breeding, the Breeders' Cup, drugs, President Ford's son Steven and her condo in Florida being bugged.


Frank Smith 9 years, 7 months ago

The juror in question was clearly mentallly disordered and her public defender was unable to protect her as she continued to talk against his advice. She went to California to watch the elite horse races at Santa Anita. She could have watched them on television and gotten her plane ticket refunded but was acting extremely irrationally.She was replaced by an alternate juror and the jury found Ted Stevens guilty later that day. However the disturbed woman said she also would have voted to convict the Senator. It is most unlikely that it would give the Republican Senator any grounds to appeal his conviction of seven felony counts.

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