Trevor Johnston, who served on a jury last April that awarded to a former employee of Ernie Haire Ford $5.8 million for age discrimination, claims someone from the Tampa dealership later offered him a bribe to report juror misconduct.
Johnston told Hillsborough County detectives that Greg Balasco, a manager at the Ford dealership, approached him in a North Tampa Wal-Mart and offered him $75,000 to claim a juror somehow threw the trial. But detectives found that Balasco couldn’t have tendered a bribe. He was on a chartered fishing boat at the time.
Johnston said it might have been someone else. He refused to take a lie detector test. Finally, Johnston confessed to making a false police report. But he then recanted, saying he had been pressured into confessing.
Maybe it’s time to throw this one back.
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