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Chickenpox delays Wolff trial

Judge closes courtroom on account of contagious infection

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LOS ANGELES -- Court was not in session here Tuesday in the trial of former Homestore CEO Stuart Wolff, who faces criminal allegations of securities fraud and illegal insider trading of the company's stock. The trial was delayed unexpectedly because one of the jurors has contracted chickenpox, according to Michael R. Wilner, an assistant U.S. attorney, who is one of the government prosecutors on the case. Judge Percy Anderson announced the juror's illness in the courtroom this morning. The trial, which opened March 28 and was expected to take two or three months, has been delayed for at least one week. The judge ordered the attorneys to appear in court Monday afternoon for an update on the status of the trial, and the jurors have been instructed to return next Tuesday, when it is presumed that the trial will resume, unless one or more other jurors also become ill or other unforeseen circumstances warrant a further delay. Chickenpox, also known as "varicella," is a herpes-typ...