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Rodney King Now Engaged to Marry 'Juror No. 5' From His Civil Trial

RodneyKing I can't imagine how I missed this one (for the record, I'm blaming my kids' "Back-to-School" day, which coincided with the day the news broke) but did you see that Rodney King recently became engaged to marry juror no. 5 from his civil trial?? Via Susan Kuo of the PrawfsBlawg (who says she learned about it on Google's "riot news ticker"), I discovered that King is now engaged to Cynthia Kelley, who sat on King's jury in 1994 when he was awarded $3.8 million as compensation for the beating administered by the LAPD.

Radar Online reports that when they "met" during King's case, both Kelley and King were married. Kelley says their first date was the day after the trial when King and his lawyer met her at a local pizzeria in Newport Beach, Calif. But the pair later "separated during King's stay on VH1's Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew and didn't reunite until four months ago, when he telephoned to ask if his former flame was still single."

Kelley told Radar Online that she was the only juror who really pushed for King in the trial. "During deliberations, the other jurors said, 'Let's just award him $100,000, you know he's just gonna blow it anyway'." But Kelley, the only black member of the jury, stood firm, leading to the much greater award.

Posted by Bruce Carton on September 24, 2010 at 10:57 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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