Jurors and God

The Eleventh Circuit upheld the convictions of Corrine Brown, a former U.S. representative from Florida, finding that a juror was properly dismissed after he indicated he would base his verdict on what he believed he was told by God. A rule allowing a juror to “base his verdict on something other than the evidence would be antithetical to the rule of law and is contradicted by decades of precedent,” the court determined. 

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Bogus!

Six people claim The Hit Channel and William Hobbs, of Los Angeles, defrauded them of $75,000: that they issued a stock valuation made with no basis, and claimed the company had 12 million outstanding shares though it was authorized to issue only 1,000, in L.A. Superior Court.

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California Auditor Blasts Court Bureaucracy Over $120M Gone Unreported

The council that supervises California’s sprawling court system flouted procurement rules and bypassed controls intended to reduce the risk of fraud, according to a state auditor’s report. The Judicial Council’s trouble with a new accounting program also caused thousands of recent payments worth $120 million to go unreported to the Legislature.

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