U.S. District Judge Anna Brown dismissed a juror in the ongoing Oregon standoff trial yesterday after another juror questioned the man’s ability to be impartial in deliberations, The Oregonian reports. Brown released a former employee of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on the fourth day of jury deliberations in the federal conspiracy trial against Ammon Bundy and six co-defendants because of what she described as an “extraordinary circumstance.” An alternate juror will join the deliberations today. Prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed with the decision.
A juror had asked the judge, “Can a juror, a former employee of the Bureau of Land Management, who opens their remarks in deliberations by staying, “I am very biased …” be considered an impartial judge in this case?” Brown expects to give the new panel, now made up of nine women and three men, jury instructions again. The alternate juror is a woman who works as a legal assistant for a state public defender and family law attorney.