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Jogger Struck by Train Was AWOL Juror



    Jogger Struck by Train Was AWOL Juror
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    A jogger whose body was found near train tracks in Kensington, Md., was identified when the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office saw a sketch of the man and noticed it looked like a man they were trying to service with a warrant for failing to appear for jury deliberations.

    Joshua Brodsky, 44, apparently was struck by a train. His body was found July 25.

    A few days before his body was found, Brodsky, a self-employed computer specialist who lived alone, apparently tried to ask questions during a trial, but Judge Eric Johnson refused, telling him jurors couldn't ask questions. As deliberations began July 22, Brodsky sent a note to the judge asking if he was allowed to discuss inappropriateness of the jury.

    Brodsky refused to touch or look at evidence. He wouldn't touch the pen or pad provided by the court. And he sat apart from his fellow jurors.

    On July 23, he showed up at court but abruptly left, making him unavailable to deliberate. He was held in contempt of court and a warrant for his arrest was issued and a mistrial was declared.

    Sheriffs deputies went to Brodsky's apartment at Blair East in Silver Spring but didn't find him home.

    Two days after his court disappearance, he was found dead.

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