Threats by one juror to cut off the finger of another led the defense team for Mayer Brown partner Joseph Collins to ask Thursday for a mistrial in the Refco federal fraud case. The judge denied the motion, saying the jury "will let us know if they feel that the atmosphere is such that there's not communication in a rational manner." Currently on leave from Mayer Brown, Collins is charged with conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud and making a false filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Judge Declines to Grant Mistrial Over Jury Unrest in Refco Fraud Case
New York Law Journal
July 10, 2009