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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - A judge dismissed the jury in an attempted murder-rape case after a hangman's noose was found drawn on a blackboard in the deliberation room.
Superior Court Judge Lawrence Hauser said he had no choice under state law but to dismiss the six jurors and three alternates and to order the case to start over. The judge noted that the noose has come to symbolize racial bias. Hauser said the noose apparently had been on the blackboard since last week when jury selection was completed for the rape and assault trial of Anas Hourani, 24. Officials said they don't know who drew it.

http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/general/view/2008_07_25_Jury_tossed_after_noose_drawing_found/
 
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