Cellini Attorneys to Seek Mistrial
Defense attorneys for a millionaire convicted of trying to shake down a Hollywood producer say they will file a mistrial motion next week based on new allegations that one juror didn't disclose two felony convictions.
William Cellini's attorney, Dan Webb, told The Associated Press on Friday that he'll ask a federal judge on Monday to toss both convictions and try his client again.
Citing court records, the Chicago Tribune reports a woman with the same name, age and address as the juror pleaded guilty to crack-cocaine possession in 2000 and aggravated driving under the influence without a driver's license in 2008. But the newspaper says she didn't disclose those facts during jury selection.
Webb says the felony convictions made the woman legally unqualified to serve on the jury.