Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s attorneys appealed her conviction on fraud and tax evasion charges Thursday, saying the judge in the case wrongfully removed a juror.
The 76-page document says Judge Timothy Corrigan erred when he removed Juror 13 from a deadlocked panel of jurors. That decision came after another member of the panel, Juror 8, wrote a note saying Juror 13 claimed a “higher power” told him Brown was not guilty.
Corrigan questioned Juror 13 and asked if he’d been told that Brown was innocent by a higher being. No, the juror corrected: “I said the Holy Spirit told me that.”
Corrigan ultimately decided the juror was “injecting religious beliefs that are inconsistent with the instructions of the court.” He said the juror’s views were “inconsistent with his sworn duty as a juror.”
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