Archive for Thursday, October 22, 2009

Judge orders retrial in Travolta extortion case

October 22, 2009

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— The trial of two people accused of trying to extort John Travolta following the death of his son in the Bahamas has ended in a mistrial after a lawmaker suggested the still-deliberating jury had acquitted one of the defendants.

Senior Justice Anita Allen said she was reluctantly ordering a new trial “in the interest of justice” because the politician’s statement, in a speech broadcast on television and radio, gave the appearance of an improper leak from the jury room.

Ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne and his attorney, politician Pleasant Bridgewater, were accused of threatening to release private information about the January death of Travolta’s 16-year-old son Jett at the family vacation home in Grand Bahama.

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