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 Inc. federal fraud case.

Southern District of New York Judge Robert P. Patterson denied the request after an early morning inquiry into relations among the jurors, who have been hearing testimony in United States v. Collins, 07 CR 1170, since the case got under way on May 13.

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