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DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – The final word over the Super Bowl seat mishap four years ago is now in the hands of a federal court jury.
The jury is determining if the Dallas Cowboys or NFL are at fault for fans not getting the seats they paid for at Super Bowl XLV at then-Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
After the jury was dismissed to deliberate, there was an avalanche of activity in the courtroom which started with an article in an online sports magazine that claims one of the trial’s witnesses may have tailored his testimony. Scott Suprina, whose company did the seat configuration, had only been deposed on video and was not here in person.
In the article, he said NFL had, quote, “encouraged me not to tell the whole story.” His company took a lot of the blame in the trial, though the NFL said it had taken responsibility for the botched seats.
The plaintiffs’ attorneys wanted deliberations stopped until they learn if Suprina had possibly committed perjury. Judge Barbara Lynn is allowing jurors to continue, but she might not allow their findings become final, pending motions expected from both sides.
Meanwhile, jurors themselves sent out a note wondering if they can reduce plaintiffs’ claims.
They must find guilty or not guilty, and if guilty they must determine how much money will be paid.
Shortly before 5 pm, the jury went home without a decision. The judge told them not to read or watch any media having to do with the trial, before returning tomorrow to continue deliberations.
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