Unabomber Juror, Alternate Excused
Dec. 31, 1997
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ A juror and an alternate in the Unabomber trial, both of whom have new jobs lined up, were excused from the panel Tuesday after claiming that serving would cause financial hardship.
Lawyers had asked U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. to contact the juror's ``potential employer to determine whether the hardship could be alleviated.''
Jurors are serving anonymously, and the nature of the woman's work was not released. The alternate also asked to be dismissed, saying he was starting a new construction job.
Burrell excused both in court documents available Tuesday.
The juror was replaced by another of the six alternates chosen last week, a man who is a self-employed driving instructor with two young children. That leaves eight women and four men on the jury, with four alternates.
Before opening statements begin Monday, Burrell will choose two more alternates from a pool of approved panelists that was whittled down from several hundred people over five weeks of questioning.
Theodore Kaczynski, 55, has pleaded innocent to a 10-count indictment charging him in the bombing deaths of two people and the injury of two others. He faces the death penalty if convicted.