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TODAY   |  September 12, 2013

Disorder in the court as Tom Hanks serves jury duty

The actor was serving his civic duty on a domestic violence case in Los Angeles when proceedings were halted on accusations of jury tampering. A member of the attorney’s office had approached Hanks to thank him, spurring discussions of mistrial. But both parties settled on reduced charges on Wednesday.

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>> when the oscar winner was serving as a juror on a domestic assault case. this is what happened during a trial break, a prosecutor not affiliated with the case hanks was sitting on approached him to thank him for serving. well, when the defense lawyers heard about that, they asked for a mistrial and accused the prosecution of jury tampering . meanwhile, on thursday, both side decided to settle the case on a reduced charge. i don't think it had anything to do with mr. hank's odd development.

>> you are a lawyer. is it jury tampering ?

>> the defense lawyers are thinking, they can't let it slide. the prosecutors.

>> for the judge to say what the heck.

>> it is darn if you do, darn if you don't. it's tom hanks . it's nice