Juror Dismissal Opens Appeal Path In Fattah Corruption Case
Law360, Philadelphia (December 20, 2016, 7:08 PM EST) -- Last week's revelation that a juror was dismissed from the corruption case of ex-Rep. Chaka Fattah after being found to have deliberately stymied deliberations presents what experts say is a potentially viable, albeit challenging, avenue for the convicted former congressman to pursue on appeal.
While the defense is likely to claim that the juror was cut after refusing to back down from his earnest support for acquittal, legal experts told Law360 this week that it would be difficult to overcome credibility determinations that led U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III to conclude that the man had "intentionally refused to deliberate."...
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