Tyco juror delivers message to defense
NEW YORK (AP) ? In the Middle Ages, a sheriff would lock deliberating jurors in a room without food or water until they reached a verdict. With no such option for the squabbling jurors in the trial of two Tyco International executives accused of looting the company for $600 million, the judge sent the jury home for the weekend to relax.
The divided panel sent the judge several notes over two days, reporting escalating tensions before declaring that its talks were ?irreparably compromised.? Tensions were heightened by conflicting reports about whether a juror delivered an ?OK? gesture to defense lawyers on Friday as she passed them on her way to the jury box. The defense attorneys, along with the judge, said they didn?t see any signal.
State Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus, when informed of the alleged incident, said he would continue telling jurors they should consider nothing but the evidence in the case.
Even before the speculation about the juror?s hand motion, defense attorneys were pressing for a mistrial. Obus denied those requests and told the jury all he could: ?Try again.?
?He can encourage them to go back and do the best they can,? said Michael Connolly, a Boston lawyer who specializes in business litigation. ?I would expect that on Monday, the judge would ask them to work another day.?
Former Tyco chief executive L. Dennis Kozlowski, 57, and former chief financial officer Mark Swartz, 43, are accused of stealing $600 million from the conglomerate. They face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the 32 counts against them.
Kozlowski?s $6000 shower curtain and $2 million toga party on a Mediterranean island made him a symbol of end-of-the-millennium greed and excess on Wall Street.
Murray Richman, a criminal defense lawyer in New York City, said ?The judge could justify holding the jury a couple of weeks,? because of the trial?s duration. He recalled cases where the jury sent out as many as seven ?we?are?deadlocked? notes.
Richman also suggested another resolution: asking the jury for a partial verdict.
The jurors specified in a note that they were not a hung jury. But, they said, ?We firmly believe that this jury?s ability to communicate and deliberate with an open mind is irreparably compromised.?
Killer resurfaces in Kansas after 20 years
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) ? More than two decades have passed since a serial killer terrorized Wichita, strangling or stabbing seven victims and bragging about it to the media.
Police hadn?t heard a peep from the killer in 25 years ? until now.
On March 19, a letter arrived adressed to the local newspaper, The Wichita Eagle with information on an unsolved 1986 killing, a copy of the victim?s driver?s license, and photos of her slain body.
The letter, apparently from the killer known as the BTK Strangler, sparked increased demand around Wichita for home security systems.
But it also rekindled hope that modern forensic science can find some clue that finally will lead police to a killer most thought was dead or safely locked in prison for some other crime.
?I don?t know why he does all of this, but I hope this will be his fatal mistake by resurfacing this way,? Dale Fox, whose daughter Nancy was bound and strangled in December 1977, told The Associated Press.
The letter sent to the Eagle was the first clue that the 1986 killing of Vicki Wegerle might have been at the hands of BTK, an acronym the killer used for ?bind, torture, and kill.?
Six of BTK?s victims were strangled; one was stabbed to death. Four were members of one family ? two children and their parents. Letters claiming responsibility for the slayings were sent to The Wichita Eagle and KAKE-TV.
The return address on the letter said it was from Bill Thomas Killman ? initials BTK. The address appeared to refer to a now-vacant building.
The letter was mailed in Wichita, Landwehr said Thursday, March 26. He said it contained no suggestion that the killer planned to strike again.