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Judge: Fattah juror intended to cause hung jury

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 16, 2016 1:38 PM
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Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., walks after leaving the federal courthouse in Philadelphia, Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

(Philadelphia) -- A Pennsylvania judge says he dismissed a holdout juror in a congressman's corruption case after concluding he meant to cause a deadlock "no matter what."

The judge Friday says the juror told a clerk on the first day of deliberations that he intended to cause a hung jury in the trial of former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah.

The eleven-term Philadelphia Democrat was convicted of racketeering and was sentenced this week to 10 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle says other jurors complained that the juror was screaming and uncooperative. The unidentified juror has told a legal blogger he refused to vote after it became evident he was the lone holdout for an acquittal.

Bartle says the juror violated his oath.

Fattah is appealing his conviction.

An earlier story is below:

A federal judge will unseal transcripts that could explain why a juror was dismissed before a jury convicted a Pennsylvania congressman of racketeering.

The unidentified juror has told one news outlet that he was the lone not guilty vote in former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's case. The Philadelphia Democrat was sentenced this week to 10 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III on Friday says he will unseal transcripts surrounding the dismissal of the Lancaster County salesman. Bartle did not say when the documents would be available.

Philadelphia Media Network filed the request.

Fattah was convicted in June of using government grants and nonprofit funds on personal and campaign expenses.

After the juror's dismissal, Bartle reminded the panel to remain open to discussions without feeling pressured to change their opinions.

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