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Struck Juror, Holy Spirit Controversy Heard by Appeals Court (1)

Feb. 23, 2021, 4:51 PMUpdated: Feb. 23, 2021, 6:10 PM

Counsel for former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) faced tough questioning by the full Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday about whether her conviction on fraud and tax charges should be overturned based on the removal of a juror who said the Holy Spirit told him she wasn’t guilty.

Brown’s counsel, Paul Clement with Kirkland & Ellis LLP, argued that the trial court was wrong to dismiss the juror based only on a credibility finding that the Holy Spirit told him to acquit.

But Judge Charles R. Wilson responded that the trial court made a credibility determination that the juror was incapable ...