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Juror 22's Testimony Nov. 17, 2006

Examination of Juror 22
BY THE COURT

  1. Good morning.
  1. Good morning.
  1. (complies)  I am going to hand you what has been marked as Court's Exhibit 1, and I know that that has your name on that exhibit.  I have instructed that that exhibit be maintained under seal.  You will be referred to by your juror number, and in this case it is my understanding that you are Juror Number 22.
  1. Correct.
  1. All right.  Juror Number 22, and I apologize for that being so impersonal, please forgive me for that reference, but it is intended to protect your privacy in this case.  Did you receive a copy of Court's Exhibit 1 in these proceedings?
  1. I did.
  1. After you were served with a copy of this subpoena for your testimony at this hearing today do you have any documents that you have brought pursuant to the Court's instructions for you to bring documents pursuant to your appearance in court today?
  1. No, sir.
  1. All right.  I am going to ask you a series of questions, and if you have any responses to any of the questions that I ask of you, if you need to refer to another juror by their name, I have provided a list of jurors' names with their corresponding number and I would ask that you merely refer to them as their number.  I have a list as well and we can make sure that we are clear on who you are referring to without actually identifying them by name.
  1. Okay.
  1. All right.  Did anyone other than another juror try to influence your thinking about this case or your vote on the substantive counts against any of the Defendants in this case?
  1. No, sir.
  1. Do you have any reason to believe that any other juror was subjected to attempts to influence his or her thinking about this case?
  1. No, sir.
  1. Did anyone other than another juror attempt to discuss the case with you during the time you were a juror in this case?
  1. No, sir.
  1. During the time that you were serving as a juror did you view or hear any reports from any news source or other information relating to this case, or - relating to this case or any Defendant from sources such as newspapers, magazines, radio or television broadcasts or Internet sites?
  1. I didn't view any or listen, but, you know, when you are home and the TV is on, my husband always tried to mute it or I tried to mute it out, but no, not just sit there and listen.
  1. When you were inadvertently exposed to any such reports during the course of this trial  -- and the Court is aware this took place over more than a two month period of time  -- did you listen to any of the content or read any of the substance of any reports that you may have been inadvertently exposed to?
  1. No, sir.
  1. During the time that you were serving as a juror did you obtain extraneous information from any source about your role as a juror, jury service generally, or about the role or the function of the foreperson?
  1. I didn't receive any, but I - the foreperson said that they did some information to see what their role was, and that was explained to us, but that's - I didn't do any investigation at all.
  1. All right.  Then let me ask you about that.  You said that the foreperson indicated that they had done some independent investigation about their role as the foreperson, and that would be Juror Number Seven?
  1. Yes, sir.
  1. All right.  Did anyone else say that they had done any outside investigation about their role either as a juror or the role of the foreperson?
  1. No, sir.
  1. What did the foreperson, Juror Number Seven, tell you that he had done?
  1. He just said he looked up on the Internet as to what a foreperson's function is and what they should be - what is required of them, and that was it.
  1. When did this take place?
  1. This took place after we elected him as foreman, and maybe came back the next day and said, you know. I did look up to see what my job is and what my role is.  But he didn't bring us anything to view or anything like that.
  1. What discussions did you have about what research that he had done?
  1. We didn't really discuss it.  He just said he looked up on the Internet as to what his job was and that's it.
  1. Did anyone question him about what his job was outside of what the Court had instructed him to do?
  1. No, sir.
  1. Did he volunteer what his job was outside of the Court's instructions to the jury?
  1. Well, I mean, like I said, he just said I looked up to see what my job was, what is my role.  And we had our books open, you know, and that was all.  He said I looked to see what I was supposed to do.
  1. And that brings me to another point, and I don't want to leave these two points.   One is the comments by the foreperson and to the other is the book that you had.  Is the book that you are referring to the book that the Court provided to you?
  1. That the Court, yes, sir.
  1. All right.  So any book that you had in the jury room during your deliberations, did any of you to your knowledge have any books or materials within that notebook that was not provided by the Court?
  1. Not to my knowledge.
  1. Back to the foreperson's discussions, can you recall as best that you can exactly what the foreperson said after he was elected foreperson and after he had announced that he had done research about his role as foreperson?
  1. After we elected him, you  know, that was that day, it was the next day he came back to say he looked up some information to see what it was that he was supposed to do as a foreman.  This was - yes.
  1. Did he show you anything that he had looked up?
  1. No, sir.
  1. Did he tell you about anything that he had looked up?
  1. No.
  1. Did anyone question him about anything that he had looked up?
  1. No, sir.  Not to - no.
  1. During the time that you were serving as a juror did any other juror say or do anything that caused you to believe that he or she had been exposed to extraneous information about this case from any source other than what you just told me about the foreperson?
  1. No, sir.
  1. During the time that you were serving as a juror did you view or hear any extraneous information about either  the law applicable to the case or any factual material relating to this case?
  1. No, sir.
  1. Did you bring any documents - and I have already asked you this - but you brought no documents pursuant to the subpoena that you were served?
  1. No, sir.

Q.  That's all the questions I have of you.  You may step down and you are free to go.

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