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Juror, Forensic Technician In Trouble For Conduct During Trial

Posted August 24, 2005 6:37 a.m. EDT

— A new juror will be hearing a criminal case in Fayetteville.

Judge Jim Hardin removed a juror and reprimanded a forensic technician with the Fayetteville Police Department. The two reportedly struck up a conversation during a break and talked about shows like "CSI."

Hardin said he does not tolerate contact between jurors and witnesses.

Hardin spent more than a decade as Durham's district attorney before Gov. Mike Easley appointed him to the bench in April. Hardin received national attention during the

Mike Peterson murder trial

.