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Tom Hanks jury duty brings trial to halt

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The trial in which Tom Hanks was sitting as a juror just came to an abrupt halt after charges of jury tampering surfaced ... TMZ has learned.

During a lunch break Wednesday ... a female member of the L.A. City Attorney's Office went up to Tom in a stairwell and thanked him for his jury service, especially because he's such a big celeb and gladly served.

When the court reconvened today  ... the prosecutor disclosed that a member of the City Attorney's Office made inappropriate contact with Tom during a break.  

The defense then asked for a hearing to prove prosecutorial misconduct.  At that point, lawyers on both sides started talking and a plea deal was cut.

Andrew Flier, the defendant's lawyer (seen above with Hanks after the trial), tells TMZ his client pled no contest to a minor infraction -- disturbing the peace.  

The defendant had been charged with domestic violence and faced up to a year in jail.  Instead, he got a $150 fine, and that's it.

As for Tom, he did not say how he was leaning, but said he was there to "serve justice."


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theyarecomingforyou    9,200

It's good to see such a high degree of competence in the criminal justice system.

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Shadrack    601

Unless I'm mistaken, the "City Attorney's Office" _is_ the same as the prosecutor's office.  So the prosecutor did the right thing and admitted some wrong doing on their part by contacting a juror during break.   Is that right?

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