Alternate Juror in Petit Murder Trial Almost Loses Job for Passing Love Notes
Connecticut alternate juror in the infamous Petit murder trial got a yen for a court officer. She almost lost her juror job.
The woman, reports The New York Times as well as worldwide media, passed a note to her dream man telling him to meet her "Sunday 5PM Side Street Grille [Hamden, Conn.]" The judge intercepted Cupid's bow.
Some legal experts argue she should have been kicked off that Connecticut juror job, which pays about $50 a day or what your compensation would be at your full-time job. But the judge kept her on, for now. That's probably because this penalty phase of the trial for convicted murderer Steven Hayes requires 12 jurors. The lovebird is the last of the alternate jurors. Last week a juror was booted for making a derogatory comment. If another juror gets the boot or, like one juror, requests to be dismissed, and there are no alternates, there can be a mistrial.
Imagine listing on a job application requiring information about terminations: "Lost position as alternate juror for passing note to potential soul mate."