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Two jurors in Leaf child sex asault trial drop out

Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter

EXCLUSIVE: The jury in the child sex abuse trial of former Emmy-winning Fox 5 investigative reporter Charles Leaf lost two members yesterday — one whose fiancé died and another who went on vacation.

No witnesses were heard today, as the unexpected jury issues and weather dominated concerns.

The one juror’s fiancé died suddenly and unexpectedly Monday night.

The other  complained that the trial was taking too long, and that he wanted to go on vacation. He also reportedly commented on the probable outcome of the trial, considered inappropriate because neither side is even close to resting its case.

Two alternate jurors will take their place.

The Bergen County Courthouse was the last in the state to close yesterday due to the snowstorm. It was expected to remain closed today.

STORY / PHOTO: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter

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The jury in the child sex abuse trial of former Emmy-winning Fox 5 investigative reporter Charles Leaf lost two members yesterday — one whose fiancé died and another who went on vacation. READ MORE….

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EXCLUSIVE: A retired investigator testified today that Bergen County detectives searched for child pornography on the work computer of former Fox 5 reporter Charles Leaf — a fact apparently not told to defense lawyers or prosecutors before his child sex abuse trial began this week. READ MORE ….

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EXCLUSIVE: The second day in the child sex-abuse trial of former Fox 5 reporter Charles Leaf in Hackensack today featured a former investigator testifying about an interview she observed with the then-4-year-old girl who prosecutors say was the victim. READ MORE ….

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UPDATE: Showing considerable composure, an 8-year-old girl testified in Hackensack today that former FOX 5 reporter Charles Leaf never touched her and that molestation allegations she made to a therapist years ago were fed to her by her nanny, whom she called “Weronika.” READ MORE ….

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