The New York Post reports that three potential jurors were relieved of their jury duty when they told a judge that they loved Mayor Bloomberg (or, that they knew him too well to be fair in the upcoming trial of his former political consultant, John Haggerty, who stands accused of stealing $1.1 million in campaign contributions). One middle-aged Upper East Side woman apparently announced “I’m mad about Bloomberg!” and “I couldn’t be fair. I’d assume that if he was a victim, he was a victim.”
Two others were excused after they told the judge they’d volunteered for and golfed on the same course as the mayor. Such ties are deep.
Caution: This will likely only work in trials that the mayor is actually involved in. In the case of Haggerty, Bloomberg is expected to testify as a victim of the theft:
Prosecutors allege that he sold the mayor on a bogus Election Day “ballot security” budget — complete with line items for multiple cars and hotel rooms, 1,300 workers and an office in Albany — then secretly pocketed the cash.
While prosecutors contend Haggerty acted alone in the scheme, the defense may argue that Haggerty thought he had the mayor’s permission to keep the money as “payment” for volunteer work for the mayor.
Other jurors presumably were released for strongly disliking or even despising the mayor, but the ones who said they loved him are more amusing.
Jurors: We like Mike [NYP]