Judge probes misconduct in cockfighting trial

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A federal judge is investigating possible juror misconduct in a South Carolina cockfighting trial where six people were convicted earlier this month.

The State newspaper reported U.S. District Judge Cameron Currie called jurors to Columbia on Wednesday to discuss the possibility a juror went on the Internet to conduct research about the case.

One juror testified that another juror brought pages of material from the Wikipedia Web site into the jury room and held private discussions with three other jurors. The other juror said he used outside resources, but denied private deliberations and said he didn't show his printed material in the jury room.

The jurors' names have not been released. Currie says she may not rule on misconduct until July.

Those convicted have not yet been sentenced.

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