4th Circ. OKs New Trial For Alleged Masonic Fraudsters

Law360, New York (July 1, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit on Thursday said a lower court shouldn't have overturned a jury's conviction of two North Carolina Masonic lodge officers and an insurance executive accused of lying to Masons about an insurance program, clearing the way for a new trial.

The lower court shouldn't have thrown out the jury's guilty verdict, because the standards for throwing out a verdict are more onerous than those for ordering a new trial, Circuit Judge Albert Diaz wrote for the unanimous three-judge panel.

"While the trial court erred...
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