September 12th, 2013
12:55 PM ET

Tom Hanks Causes Jury Stir

Tom Hanks stars in the center of a jury tampering case as the actor tries to do his civic duty. CNN's John Berman reports.

Hanks was serving as a juror on a domestic violence case in Los Angeles that was due for closing arguments Wednesday.

They never happened because on Tuesday, an employee of the L.A. city attorney's office approached the star to thank him for serving.

Officials are not supposed to have any interactions with jurors so it was the prosecution in the case who raised the issue with the judge.

The defense initially asked for a mistrial but ultimately the case was settled.

The parties agreed on a reduced charge for the defendant of disturbing the peace and $150 fine.

The defendant could have faced up to a year in jail if convicted of the initial charge.

Hanks has not commented publicly on this but the defense attorney says Hanks told him: "I was going to vote the way of justice."  

Though the actor never said which way that was. 

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