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Hennepin County investigates jury incident

August 26, 2014
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is investigating a courtroom deputy who jurors say scolded them after they found a murder suspect not guilty.

The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/1pBu0Ad ) district court jurors say the deputy chided them as they walked back to the jury room following a first-degree murder trial in July. They say the deputy said they'd made a mistake. They told the judge about her comments, including that a police officer had told her the man was guilty.

A spokeswoman says the Sheriff's Office is investigating for possible disciplinary action. It's unclear if the deputy was assigned to the jury for the two-week trial.

A Hennepin County attorney says prosecutors get guilty pleas and convictions in 90 percent of cases.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

 
 

 

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