A federal judge has rejected requests by lawyers for a Russian arms dealer to conclude that a juror acted inappropriately in convicting him.
Judge Shira Scheindlin (SHYND'-lihn) interviewed the juror from the trial of Viktor Bout (boot) at a brief hearing Wednesday. The juror said she had seen the film "Lord of War" before the trial began. Bout's exploits were an inspiration for the movie.
The juror said she didn't realize until after the trial was over that the movie pertained to Bout.
The jury convicted Bout last month after concluding he conspired to sell weapons to South American terrorists. Bout could face as much as life in prison when he is sentenced in February.
Bout was extradited last year from Thailand. He was arrested there in 2008.