We all hate Jury Duty...Just hate it... Because most of the time it is on a day when its most inconvienent. Ever noticed that? Meet Juror Number Four a 20-year-old nursing home worker named Ivana Samardzic. Ivana got jury duty, was picked for this trial, sat through the whole thing, AND sat through three days of deliberations. then bitch hopped on a plane and headed for CANCUN.
The jury got the case of Spartacus Outlaw last Wednesday afternoon and met about two hours before being sent home with specific instructions to all reappear the next morning for continued deliberations.
But only 11 jurors showed up. Samardzic was apparently already on her way south.
"She called the clerk from O'Hare to say she was about to board a flight to Cancun," defense attorney Robert D'Arruda said. "But she said it was OK because she'd done her three days and left her vote with the foreman."
D'Arruda said his client agreed to proceed with the 11 jurors, and Milwaukee County Circuit Judge J.D. Watts instructed them that they should proceed without "Juror #4" and disregard any comments she might have made during the start of deliberations. The judge did not indicate to the rest of jury members why one of their panel was not there, D'Arruda said.
The jury found Outlaw guilty of being a felon in possession of a gun but could not reach a verdict on a charge of first-degree reckless injury with a dangerous weapon, resulting in a mistrial on that count. The vote was 8-3, so Samardzic's vote alone might not have mattered.