Some stories don't need a fancy essay. Like this one, from the AB A Journal:
A federal juror has been charged with bribery and contempt of court after allegedly seeking money from a defense lawyer in a tax evasion case against a St. Louis-area automobile dealer.
Dorothy Hendricks is accused of calling a unidentified defense lawyer in the U.S. Virgin Islands case over a $300 million tax shelter there and asking the attorney to put a price on a not guilty verdict, according to the Belleville News-Democrat and the St. Louis Business Journal.
Deliberations' tip of the day: Do what this lawyer did. "The lawyer reported the March call to the presiding judge the next day." And got a not-guilty verdict anyway! Poetic justice.
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