Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deliberations Begin Anew in Simpson Civil Case

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deliberations Begin Anew in Simpson Civil Case

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The dismissal of the only black female juror and allegations of jury tampering threw the O.J. Simpson trial into an uproar Friday morning, halting deliberations for almost two hours.

Sources said the juror, Rosemary Caraway, 62, a widow who lives in Inglewood, was dismissed for failing to disclose that her daughter was employed as a legal secretary in the office of Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti, which prosecuted Simpson in the criminal trial for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. Simpson was acquitted in 1995 and is now being sued in civil court by the victims' families.

Also under investigation are allegations of jury tampering that arose Tuesday morning, when two jurors reported being contacted by Bud Stewart, a book agent who represented two members of the jury in Simpson's criminal trial - Brenda Moran and Gina Rosborough. Moran and Rosborough reportedly vouched for the agent in a letter. According to sources close to the case, deputies from the Sheriff's Department removed a computer and other items from Moran's home in Los Angeles Thursday night. One source said investigators are looking into whether Moran, who is employed as a computer technician by the Los Angeles Superior Courts, used her position to gain access to the names and addresses of the Simpson civil case jurors, which is confidential information. The investigators also are looking into how many jurors were contacted and whether any had responded or failed to notify the court. A fax signed by Stewart at Lincoln Press was sent to news producers earlier this week offering to arrange interviews with three civil-trial jurors. The dismissal of the juror stemmed from a letter from Garcetti's office to Superior Court Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki informing him of her connection to the office. On the jury questionnaire, the woman listed her daughter as a legal secretary but neglected to say she was employed by Garcetti. Fujisaki rejected a defense request for a mistrial. He ordered the juror's dismissal over the objections of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, the victims' families. …

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