Jurors deciding the civil fraud trial of former Delphi CEO J.T. Battenberg III in Detroit will be digesting six weeks of testimony along with their holiday feasts.
U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn said closing arguments would be delayed until the first week of January. Cohn, 86, worried that jurors might feel pressured to deliver a verdict before he jetted off to Cancun for the holidays.
He toyed with having another judge oversee the jury's deliberations, but lawyers in the complex case didn't like that plan.
"Given the nature of this case and what's been dedicated to it," Cohn said, "it would be a mistake" if jurors felt pressured to decide it before the holidays.
The Securities and Exchange Commission accuses Battenberg of fraudulently inflating Delphi's profits in 2000.