Tyco Letter

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

There are more details about the letter that derailed the trial of two former Tyco executives who were accused of looting the company.

A police source says the letter was from a person who thought the judge had already declared a mistrial in the case when it was written. Instead, the letter prompted the judge to abort the six-month-long trial. The jury had been deliberating for eleven days.

The letter was sent to juror Ruth Jordan, who other jurors say had favored the defense during deliberations.

The police source tells The Associated Press the letter wasn't threatening. The source says it was signed by a person who thought there had already been a mistrial and was complaining to Jordan about it.

No word on the identity of the writer, or whether prosecutors are considering jury tampering or other charges.

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