The NY Times reported that federal prosecutors accused Councilman Larry Seabrook’s lawyers of making comments outside court that could influence the jury’s deliberations.
“People shouldn’t be asked to compromise their views for efficiency or expediency.”
That reported comment by CM Seabrook’s defense lawyer, Anthony Ricco was cited by US Attorney Preet Bharara as possibly influencing the jury. Judge Patterson had admonished jurors not to read news accounts of the case. He then cautioned defense lawyers “to be careful” about what they said to reporters.