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NY judge orders new trial in huge tax shelter caseCiting juror misconduct, NY judge grants new trial in massive tax shelter case
NEW YORK (AP) ' A New York judge has ordered a new trial for three of four people convicted in the largest tax fraud prosecution in U.S. history and has described a juror as a "pathological liar" while citing her misconduct.
Federal Judge William Pauley said Monday a new trial was necessary despite the length of the three-month trial. The trial ended with convictions of two prominent lawyers, the former head of a major accounting firm and an accountant.
The judge says one juror made a "calculated, criminal decision to get on the jury" and made "breathtaking" lies about her background to do so.
He didn't allow a new trial for one defendant. He says the defendant's lawyers discovered problems with the juror but failed to inform the court.
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