The foreman who guided Hamid Hayat’s jury to a guilty verdict was racist, and he harassed the lone dissenting juror until she changed her mind, the juror wrote in a declaration Thursday.
In her seven-page statement, Arcelia Lopez said the foreman decided the case before he heard the evidence and commented on media coverage of the Lodi man’s terrorism trial. On the second day of the nine-week trial, he “gestured as if he was tying a rope around his neck and then pulling the rope in an upward motion” and said, “Hang him,” Lopez wrote.
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