Madoff Trial Deliberations Resume After Sick Juror Dismissed

Mar 21 2014 | 10:28am ET

One of the jurors considering the fate of five former Bernard Madoff lieutenants has been dismissed after falling ill.

The undisclosed ailment had already delayed deliberations, which began Monday, by two days. U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain and attorneys for both sides agreed to proceed with just 11 jurors, rather than recall an alternate juror, which would require the panel to restart deliberations.

The trial of the five former Madoff employees—Daniel Bonventre, Annette Bongiorno, Joann Crupi, Jerome O’Hara and George Perez—is already believed to be the longest in the history of Manhattan federal court. The five are accused of aiding and abetting Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

Deliberations resumed this morning.

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