Bloomberg Law
Feb. 22, 2021, 11:00 AM

Juror Cut for Citing Holy Spirit Is Crux of Constitutional Case

Peter Hayes
Peter Hayes

The full Eleventh Circuit is set to consider Tuesday whether a juror in a federal criminal trial should have been removed after he said the Holy Spirit told him former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) was innocent of fraud and tax charges.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit will decide whether a three-judge panel of that court got it wrong when it upheld the trial judge’s finding that the juror couldn’t fairly base his decision on the evidence. After he was pulled, the jury went on to convict Brown, who was later sentenced to five years in ...

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