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Lying Juror Says Stevens Guilty

POSTED: 03:13 PM ET, 11/ 3/2008 by Derek Kravitz

The juror who mysteriously left the corruption trial of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens after telling the judge her father had died in California actually attended the Breeder's Cup horse race, she said today.

But despite 52-year-old Marian J. Hinnant's disappearance -- and removal from the jury pool -- she said that she thought Stevens was guilty "like all the other" politicians, Hinnant told reporters outside the federal courthouse, according to The Post's Del Quentin Wilber.

The Northeast Washington resident's pessimistic views on politicians hasn't stopped her from voting however. Hinnant, a registered Democrat, voted in the 2000 and 2004 general elections, along with the primaries in each election year, according to voting records.

Hinnant, who works as a licensed paralegal for a mortgage company, told U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan a "long rambling story about horse breeding, the Breeders' Cup, drugs, President Ford's son Steven and her condo in Florida being bugged," The Associated Press reports.

Sullivan declined to sanction Hinnant and allowed her to return to work after a short hearing.

(By the way, her father, Ralph Harold Hinnant, is 71, alive and well, living in Kenly, N.C.)

By Derek Kravitz |  November 3, 2008; 3:13 PM ET Stevens Trial
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