There’s no place like home for the holidays, and that’s where jurors in ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s corruption trial went this afternoon—without delivering a verdict or, in one case, obtaining a meeting with Judge Valerie Caproni.
The jury asked to leave by noon in honor of Thanksgiving, a request Judge Caproni granted. She was not so receptive, however, to a request for a meeting from one of the jurors, who wrote a letter yesterday saying she was feeling “pressured” and “very, very uncomfortable” in deliberations because her opinions differed from the others deciding if Mr. Silver engaged in illegal activity.
Judge Caproni said there was no precedent for a judge to allow such a private meeting, and warned it could compromise the integrity of the proceedings.
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