Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mistrial Declared in Travolta Extortion Case

From CNN.com:

John Travolta and his legal team are dismayed that the alleged behavior of a juror led to a mistrial in the case of two people accused of attempting to extort millions from Travolta, his representative said.

"We would have liked to have had a verdict so there would be closure in this case, but we prefer to have a new trial," said Travolta's lawyer Michael Ossi. "We believe the evidence was very strong and convincing. The jury was deliberating for about eight hours. ... If, in fact, Tarino Lightbourn or Pleasant Bridgewater were found not guilty, a verdict would have been read hours before this announcement."

Bahamian judge Samantha Mast said she believed someone in the jury had had inappropriate communications outside of the jury room, where jurors had been deliberating for eight hours. The judge received information that an announcement had been made at a local political rally that one of the defendants had been found not guilty.

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