The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned the fraud conviction of former Mayer Brown partner Joseph Collins Monday because the Manhattan federal judge who oversaw the end of Collins’s 2009 trial, U.S. District Judge Robert Patterson, didn’t call in defense lawyers when he advised a dissident juror to resume deliberations. The Second Circuit’s 23-page opinion makes for pretty dramatic reading; the juror came to see Patterson with an account of being harassed and threatened for disagreeing with fellow jurors in the course of four days of deliberations. The jury foreman also sent notes to the judge pleading for help in defusing tensions in the jury room. Rarely are we privy to such a vivid, well-documented account of jury-room dynamics.