Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fosamax: Jury Deliberations Marked by Threats and Intimidation?

From I can tell you I've never heard of any Judge offering to have court officers escort jurors home:

A U.S. judge called for a daylong "cooling off" period in a product-liability case over Merck & Co.'s (MRK) osteoporosis drug Fosamax after jury deliberations became tense on Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge John F. Keenan suspended deliberations until 11:15 a.m. EDT Friday and offered to have court security officers escort individual jurors to the subway after two separate notes were sent out of the jury room Wednesday afternoon about the tenor of the deliberations.

Outside the presence of the jury, the judge said that he would declare a mistrial in the case if a verdict isn't reached by 5:30 p.m. EDT Friday.

The article notes that one juror had complained of threats.