Originally created 03/27/04

'Compromised' Tyco jury sent home for weekend



NEW YORK -- The judge in the corporate-looting trial of two former Tyco International Ltd. executives sent jurors home for the weekend Friday after the panelists reported their deliberations were "irreparably compromised" by infighting.

The jury asked state Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus for permission to leave early Friday and return to deliberate Monday.

"Your wish is my command," the judge said.

The jurors are weighing charges against former Tyco chief executive L. Dennis Kozlowski and former chief financial officer Mark Swartz, who are accused of stealing $600 million from the conglomerate. The two allegedly took unauthorized bonuses and abused company loan programs and used the money to finance lavish lifestyles.