Tyco juror: It was a mistrial
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Ruth Jordan, the former juror at the center of a media furor during the Tyco mistrial, said she never signaled her support for the defense but was likely going to vote to acquit the firm’s two former executives.
“At best it was going to be a hung jury,” Jordan said in an interview published Wednesday in The New York Times. “I don’t think I would have voted guilty on any count.”
Jordan also denied she ever flashed an “OK” hand signal to reassure defense lawyers during the trial, as had been reported by several news outlets.
“I would never do that,” she said. “It’s completely contrary to what I was supposed to be doing there as a juror. It’s so unbelievably stupid.”
She said she suffered from a medical condition similar to shingles that made her skin sensitive and that she sometimes scraped her hair back from her face — a movement that could be mistaken for a signal.
The interview, a collaboration with CBS News, was to air Wednesday night on “60 Minutes II.”
Jordan received an intimidating letter and a telephone call after her name and accounts of the alleged hand signal appeared in several newspapers. News organizations usually do not report the names of sitting jurors.