City Attorney Says Alleged Jury Tampering Incident Involving Tom Hanks Is Under Review
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office is reviewing an alleged incident of jury tampering involving actor Tom Hanks, spokesperson Rob Wilcox confirmed to CBS2 Friday.
According to media reports, Hanks, who was serving as a juror on a domestic violence case, was approached earlier this week by a lawyer who thanked him for performing his civic duty.
“The City Attorney’s office is apprised of the manner and is reviewing it,” Wilcox said.
In the state of California, jurors are not allowed to communicate with attorneys or media members during a trial.
“If a member of the media, a lawyer, or a friend or family member of one of the people involved in the case approaches you during the trial, let the judge know immediately. This type of contact is inappropriate during a trial,” the Judicial Council of California states in its instructions for jurors.
Wilcox confirmed a plea deal was reached in the trial, but did not say if the alleged incident with the attorney – who was not connected to the case – prompted the deal.