NEW YORK — The jury hearing the criminal case against former U.S. Labor Secretary Raymond J. Donovan was sequestered Thursday after a newspaper reported that Donovan is the subject of a perjury investigation.
State Supreme Court Justice John P. Collins granted a motion for sequestering from defense lawyers in the larceny and fraud case, which is in its final days of closing statements, Assistant Dist. Atty. Stephen R. Bookin said.
The judge did not inform the jurors of his reason for sequestering them. Bookin said the judge acted out of concern that, if jurors saw the article in New York Newsday, or subsequent articles, their opinion of Donovan might be tainted.
Newsday, citing unidentified congressional and law enforcement sources, reported that lawyer Leon Silverman again has been designated as a special prosecutor to investigate Donovan, who resigned from President Reagan's Cabinet in March, 1985.