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    :: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 ::

    Union Officials Cleared in Bribery Case - NYTimes.com
    In 2004, Mr. Forde and Mr. Devereaux, officials of Local 608 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, were convicted on the same charges, but a judge dismissed that verdict after it was discovered that some of the jurors had debated a Village Voice article about the case before the jury began its deliberations.

    “I’m kind of choked up right now,” a red-faced Mr. Forde said on Tuesday after the verdict. “I’m happy that justice has been served. The wheels of justice grind slowly.”

    After the verdict, several jurors made an unusual request to meet the defendants and their lawyers. On a street adjacent to the courthouse, several of the jurors exchanged hugs and handshakes with Mr. Forde and Mr. Devereaux.
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