A Massachusetts Superior Court Judge dismissed a juror based on body odour. The Judge felt that the stench would distract the other jurors.
The accused was ultimately convicted of a second degree murder. The accused appealed on the basis that he was not given a fair trial due to the dismissal of the juror. His conviction was affirmed by the state Appeals Court. The Court held that dismissing a juror because of body odour is acceptable.
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