Federal Court Urged to Reverse Decision Dismissing Juror Who Sought Divine Guidance During Deliberations

By Globe Newswire13 days ago

ATLANTA, Feb. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, sitting en banc, heard oral arguments in United States v. Corrine Brown, a case in which attorneys with First Liberty Institute, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Kent & McFarland contend that a juror was impermissibly dismissed during deliberation for seeking guidance through prayer and believing his prayers were answered. Last year, a three-judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a lower court decision upholding the judge's decision to remove the juror. The full Court decided to rehear the case in September.

Paul Clement, former U.S. Solicitor General, partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and First Liberty network attorney, who argued the case today said, “A nation that enshrines religious toleration in its founding document and invokes the religious beliefs of its citizenry to reinforce their public oaths cannot dismiss jurors based on the ...

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