Jury pool dismissed after message found on whiteboard

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A group of potential jurors in a drugs and weapons case have been dismissed because of a message someone wrote on the whiteboard in the room where they were waiting to be questioned.

The Day of New London reports the words “HANG EM’ HIGH! were discovered during the lunch break, written on the board in New London Superior Court.

Judge Barbara Bailey Jongbloed dismissed the jurors who had been sitting in that room. But she allowed one man who had already been picked for six-person jury to remain on the panel, after he indicated he had not seen any message.

Peter Scillieri, the attorney for defendant Phillip Anderson of Norwich, objected to retaining that juror and said the 40-year-old Anderson was upset to learn of the message.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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