NEW YORK (AP) — Citing the impact of federal budget cuts, a federal judge has rejected prosecutors' request to sequester a jury in a murder and racketeering trial in Brooklyn.
Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. said he would keep the jurors' names secret but wouldn't take extra measures because the court had to "be mindful of today's economic climate."
According to The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/18eEEDv ), the judge wrote in a 10-page decision that the sequestration "has forced cuts to the marrow."
His ruling came in the case of a Brooklyn man accused of leading a street gang that ran a drug operation for 12 years from four buildings they controlled in the Crown Heights section.
Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com