NEW YORK (AP) – Jury deliberations have turned nasty at the New York City trial of a lawyer charged in a giant fraud at commodities brokerage giant Refco Inc..

One juror said in a note read in court Thursday that another juror has threatened to cut off his finger or send her husband after him.

The jury is in its sixth day of deliberations over the fate of lawyer Joseph P. Collins.

Collins is charged with conspiracy and fraud in Refco’s $2.4 billion corporate fraud.

Refco was once the nation’s largest independent commodities broker. It filed for bankruptcy two months after going public in 2005.

Collins has testified Refco executives did not reveal the fraud to him.

Federal Judge Robert Patterson denied the defense a mistrial and ordered deliberations to continue.


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