- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - The owner of the New York Giants has been chosen as an alternate juror for a drug trial, despite his request to be dismissed because of the upcoming NFL draft and his role as a negotiator for team owners in the league’s current work stoppage.

John Mara was the last of four alternate jurors chosen Tuesday to hear a trial in which the son of Liberia’s president teamed with U.S. drug investigators to make arrests. The trial is expected to last three weeks.

After he was selected from a larger pool of jurors, Mara asked Judge Jed Rakoff if he could be released from the obligation because the trial was supposed to last until the draft. He also cited the possibility he might be summoned to help the league negotiate with players’ representatives.

The federal judge rejected the request.

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