Jury Foreman Excused from Trial for Bullying

U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger excused the jury foreman in a four-week federal drug conspiracy trial for alleged bullying and abuse of other jurors in the deliberation room, the Tennessean reports.  While U.S Attorney Alex Little provided case law that suggested a juror may not be excused because of his or her views on the case, Trauger said "We are excusing the juror because of the tone of these notes and the fact that a juror has left the room in tears." She excused the foreman, replaced him with an alternate juror and ordered jury deliberations to start anew.