Missouri court says anti-Semitic comments need scrutiny

Thursday, February 11, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — The Anti-Defamation League is hailing a Missouri Supreme Court ruling that a trial court should have held a hearing on whether a juror made anti-Semitic comments during deliberations.

Historically, deliberations have been off limits.

In its ruling Tuesday, the court said a juror's anti-Semitic comments might necessitate a new trial in the case, in which the jury ruled for an employee who claimed she was wrongfully fired.

Attorney Jerome Dobson, who represents the fired employee, says a hearing on the juror's comments could compromise the sanctity of jury deliberations.

Springfield attorney Richard Schnake, a member of The Missouri Bar's civil practice committee, says it's not clear if the ruling applies to juror comments showing bias based on gender or national origin.


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