Immigration Bribery

Jurors’ alleged misconduct during the trial of a senior U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney was not so serious that it affected the verdict, the Ninth Circuit ruled. The attorney, Constantine Peter Kallas, was convicted of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from immigrants who were promised they would be allowed to remain in the United States. 

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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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