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‘Star Trek’ Fan Dismissed From Whitewater Jury

Associated Press

An alternate juror who wore a “Star Trek” uniform to the Whitewater trial every day was beamed from the case Thursday for violating the judge’s prime directive: no talking to the media.

U.S. District Judge George Howard Jr. removed Barbara Adams for giving a TV interview about the maroon-and-black costume complete with phaser, tricorder and communicator badge.

In the interview with “American Journal,” Adams, a 31-year-old printshop supervisor, said she is a devotee of the TV series because it is an alternative to “mindless television” and promotes inclusion, tolerance, peace and faith in mankind.

“If it helps to make people think a little bit more what those ideals are, then I’ll keep wearing this uniform,” she said.

She wore the Star Fleet uniform Thursday for the ninth time in nine court sessions.

During jury selection, neither the prosecution nor the defense struck her from the list of prospective jurors. The judge never admonished her for her wardrobe.

Gov. Jim Guy Tucker and President Clinton’s Whitewater partners, James and Susan McDougal, are on trial on charges of fraud and conspiracy. They are accused of improperly obtaining $3 million in federally backed loans.

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