Angry Juror Booted, Detained In $11M Art Theft Trial
Law360, San Francisco (May 18, 2015, 6:30 PM EDT) -- A California federal juror was dismissed, then detained by U.S. Marshals on Monday after a series of angry outbursts during deliberations in the criminal case accusing San Francisco real estate millionaire, convicted tax evader and trout poacher Luke Brugnara of stealing $11 million in art and escaping custody.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who is presiding over the trial, granted the government's motion to strike the unidentified male juror after a sealed hearing. Prosecutor Robin Harris of the U.S. Attorney's Office argued that the juror had concealed his criminal history during jury selection and had improperly visited the 18th floor of...
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