Jury Has Case of Officer Accused of Stealing Money During Stop
Posted December 6, 2000
DURHAM — Jurors were sent home for the night Thursday after seven hours of deliberating the case of a Durham police officer accused of stealing money during a traffic stop.
In the civil case, former officer Stanley Harris is accused of stealing $2,200 from citizen John Johnson during a 1999 traffic stop. Johnson says the stop was an unconstitutional search and seizure.
The panel sent a note to the judge late Wednesday, saying they did not think they could reach a unanimous agreement on all issues involved in the case. They said they reached a unanimous decision on only one issue, splitting 9-2 on the other issues.
The judge sent back the jury Thursday morning to continue deliberations. Jurors then asked the judge to reread the charge and legal instructions.
Only 11 jurors will decide the case. One juror was dismissed Thursday when the court learned that FBI and SBI agents were searching his home.
The special agent handling the case says that he could not discuss the particulars of the case, because the investigation continues.
The attorneys on both sides agreed to go forward without the juror.