4th Circ. Revives Guilty Verdict Against Ex-Flynn Partner

Law360 (March 18, 2021, 8:55 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit on Thursday reinstated the conviction of a former business partner of Michael Flynn who also advised Donald Trump's transition team, ruling that a Virginia trial judge erroneously dismissed a jury verdict finding him guilty of unregistered foreign lobbying.

A unanimous three-judge panel said it was "convinced that the jury heard sufficient evidence" to find that Iranian-American businessman Bijan Rafiekian, 69, acted as an unregistered agent of the Turkish government in the thick of the 2016 presidential election.

The panel also found that U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga abused his discretion in conditionally granting a new trial, saying...

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