Stanley Brand Quoted by Law360 on Juror Dismissal in Chaka Fattah Case

Akin Gump litigation senior counsel Stanley Brand was quoted by Law360 for its article “Juror Dismissal Opens Appeal Path In Fattah Corruption Case,” on the dismissal of a juror in the corruption case of former Rep. Chaka Fattah after his admission of having deliberately obstructed jury deliberations.

Brand said that the juror’s threat to “hang” the jury at all costs ensured his dismissal even if the impasse in deliberations resulted from an honest difference of opinion about the case. He added, “His own statement to the court seems to belie a good-faith effort to deliberate. He said he was going to do whatever he could to hang the jury, and that sounds like recalcitrance, not an exercise of judgment.”

Absent that statement, Brand noted, the case might have resulted in a hung jury: “Had he not said that and just held out on good faith, he probably could have gotten away with it.”