Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice stated that “juror misconduct undermines the constitutional rights of plaintiffs and defendants and threatens the sanctity of our justice system,” and medical malpractice attorneys could not agree more.
This week, a New York juror in a medical malpractice lawsuit was arrested for allegedly soliciting a bribe from the plaintiff. The juror, Deonarine Persaud, was charged with bribe receiving by a juror, a Class D felony, as well as first degree misdemeanor misconduct by a juror. Although it is important to put an end to this type of juror misconduct, the behavior of this one man has delayed the justice sought by the plaintiff.
Corrupt Juror could Face Seven Years in Prison
Persaud, a sworn juror in a medical malpractice civil trial, contacted the plaintiff and said that he had some important information about the defendant that was crucial to the lawsuit. Through a telephone conversation, Persaud spoke to the mother of the plaintiff and arranged to meet the plaintiff’s father at a local hardware store to discuss the information. The father immediately recognized the juror, who made assurances that he could sway the jury in the plaintiff’s favor in return for a five percent cut of the damages awarded. The family contacted the plaintiff’s medical malpractice attorney soon after the phone call and the news was promptly brought to the judge on Monday. The judge, in turn, contacted the DA’s Office and after a short investigation, the juror was arrested when he returned to court on Tuesday. If Persaud is convicted of all the charges that have been brought against him, he could face up to seven years in prison. Due to this gross misconduct on the behalf of the juror, medical malpractice attorneys fear that the plaintiff’s pursuit of a fair and impartial trial will be substantially delayed.
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If you have recently been the victim of any sort of medical negligence, you most likely would like to speak to medical malpractice attorneys regarding your situation and your legal rights. Please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 5672380 in Philadelphia.