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Oklahoma County ex-juror gets 90 days in jail for contempt of court

Misconduct caused mistrial in Oklahoma County case that featured sexual bondage testimony.
BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: November 9, 2010 at 9:41 am •  Published: November 9, 2010
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A former juror was ordered Monday to spend 90 days in the Oklahoma County jail for misconduct that caused a mistrial in a high-profile case.

Marvin D. Brown Jr., 27, of Oklahoma City, also was fined $100.

District Judge Ray C. Elliott found Brown in contempt of court for the misconduct. "This was a great waste of resources," the judge said. "They call it 'jury duty' for a reason.... This was an important case."

The judge took Brown off the jury Friday morning and had him arrested. The judge acted after sheriff's deputies reported Brown was drunk and possibly high. Deputies picked him up Friday morning and took him to the courthouse when he did not show up on the trial's fifth day.

The mistrial came in a domestic abuse case that attracted attention because the defendant is a sex fetish enthusiast. Richard B. Wise, 43, of Oklahoma City, calls himself "Lord Wraith." He is accused of attacking a Utah woman who signed a contract to be his slave. District Attorney David Prater, who handled the case personally, plans to retry Wise next year.

Brown admitted to the Judge Monday that he drank so much Thursday night that he blacked out. He blamed his drinking on the stress of being on the jury and being unemployed. He also said he has been taking the prescription narcotic Percocet to mellow out.

Before speaking to the judge, he told an assistant public defender, "I do have an alcohol problem."

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