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Steinbrenner Son Excused From Trial

January 14, 1999

LARGO, Fla. (AP) _ One of George Steinbrenner’s sons was excused Thursday as a prospective juror in a racketeering trial after expressing concerns about the privacy of his family.

``I’ve worked hard for nine years to make sure my kids have a private life,″ said Henry Steinbrenner, whose father owns the New York Yankees.

Steinbrenner was worried about the stigma that might be attached to his family name and his children if he were selected as a juror for the trial of the Rev. Henry Lyons, president of the National Baptist Convention USA.

``There should be a law that high-profile people don’t serve in high-profile cases,″ he said during questioning by Circuit Judge Susan Schaeffer.

Lyons, a St. Petersburg minister, and co-defendant Bernice Edwards of Milwaukee are accused of diverting money to secret accounts from corporations seeking to do business with the Baptist convention, which claims to have 8.5 million members.

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