Five black men were convicted of the murder of eight North Americans at a Rockefeller -owned golf resort in the Virgin I land . After the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction , a petition for certiorari was filed, on the issue of jury tampering . Two jurors had reported to the President of the Virgin Island’s Senate that they had been threatened during the nine day deliberation period. This resulted in a hearing conducted by the judge who had been a witness for the prosecution during the pre-trial proceedings.
The petition for certiorari was denied on February 24, 1976.
William Kunstler, Margaret Ratner, Michael Ratner