COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A municipal judge in central Ohio says she is sorry if she offended any of the jurors she scolded after they issued a verdict she believed to be wrong. Judge Amy Salerno tells sources that she always tries to be courteous, but she acknowledges she failed to contain her surprise in this case.
Jurors in Salerno's courtroom issued a not guilty verdict last week in a misdemeanor assault case. Four of the eight jurors have complained to the court about how Salerno treated them following the verdict's announcement. One juror says she cried after the judge berated the group and told them they "got this wrong." The jury found 36-year-old Joseph McGee not guilty of assault and disorderly conduct charges.