Stevens jury reports chaos; Judge urges calm

WASHINGTON (AP) - October 23, 2008 Earlier, a federal judge warned the jury to be courteous and respectful of each other after the panel's leader described "violent outbursts" that threatened to derail final deliberations.

Eleven members of the 12-person jury asked U.S. Judge Emmet Sullivan to immediately dismiss a female juror, describing her as rude, disrespectful and unreasonable.

The judge rejected suggestions to question the jury foreman and the accused juror. Before calling it a day, the jurors sent the judge a final evening note saying they had "exhausted" themselves and would continue deliberations on Friday.

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