The Chicago Tribune reports that Joseph Collins, a partner at Mayer Brown, was convicted of fraud in connection with the demise of financial services giant Refco Inc. The last three paragraphs of the Tribune article caught my attention:
The verdict ended a trial that lasted nearly two months and took some unexpected turns. In the middle of the trial, the judge presiding over the case became sick and had to be replaced.
Earlier this week after several days of deliberations, a male juror sent a note to the court indicating a female juror had threatened to cut off his finger and told him her husband would "take care of you."
After the verdict was returned today, two jurors who declined to provide their names told Bloomberg News that the male juror pointed frequently at panel members. The two jurors said deliberations were otherwise uneventful. The jurors said the vote was 11-1 to convict on the remaining nine counts. The holdout was the juror who pointed at the others. That juror wanted a mistrial, they said.
Do any readers know if pointing at others while making a point is considered acceptable in any other cultures or is it considered aggressive and rude pretty much everywhere?