Although she gave the defendant the middle finger, a juror in a federal criminal corruption trial involving 3 defendants will remain on the case. Apparently, the gesture arose after the defendant allegedly stole the juror's cab in New York City on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, defense counsel moved to have the juror removed claiming that she is likely to have a grudge against the defendant. However, the judge refused to do so because he determined after questioning the juror that she can be fair and she did not recognize the person who took her cab. It should be noted that his juror is also an attorney. I am not quite sure why the judge didn't remove this juror just to cut down on the number of appellate issues that may arise if the defendants are convicted.
h/tip ABA Journal