A $45.3 million whistle-blower's verdict against Lockheed Corp. was overturned because one juror failed to admit he had been convicted of a felony nearly three decades ago.
Superior Court Judge Harvey Schneider ruled the verdict invalid Tuesday because Tresavan Owens checked "no" on a questionnaire that asked whether he had ever been convicted of a felony. Owens pleaded guilty in 1962 to burglary in Lauderdale County, Miss."Since Owens' vote was crucial to certain of the verdicts . . . it is clear those verdicts cannot stand and that Lockheed is entitled to a new trial," the judge ruled.