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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, March 28, 2005

Connecticut Jurors Beg for Dismissal, for Fear of Their Safety

Connecticut's Senior U.S. District Judge Warren W. Eginton gave in to 8 jurors' pleadings for dismissal in the case Joseph Gibson III.  Judge Eginton declared a mistrial and dismissed the 8 jurors (6 men and 2 women), who said they feared for their safety after hearing the details of the case.  The Associated Press reports: "Gibson alleged in a lawsuit that prison officials failed to protect him from a reputed gang member who slashed his throat at Osborn Correctional Institution in Somers on Sept. 16, 1999.  Gibson said he was attacked because he was suspected of being an informer and a friend owed a gang drug money.  Gibson said he has had a host of medical problems from the attack and is seeking monetary damages."  After hearing the details of Gibson's case and being asked to look at Gibson's scar, the jurors really became "spooked," in the words of John Merely, Gibson's lawyer.  More... [Mark Godsey]

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