Why Was a Juror Who Voted to Acquit 8X Dismissed in the...

Why Was a Juror Who Voted to Acquit 8X Dismissed in the Fattah Case?


It’s All Under Seal. Why was a juror who reportedly voted 8 times not to convict former Rep. Chaka Fattah removed from the jury? No one knows. Why? Because the federal judge on the case has sealed all documents related to the juror’s dismissal. But an investigative reporter spoke to Juror 12 in August.

fattah-3“I only spoke to juror twelve for about an hour or so. He sounded very rational and he was vey calm. He is absolutely the opposite of an anti-government type,” said investigative reporter Ralph Cipriano on December 7.

The original story on Juror 12 broken by Cipriano can be seen here.  Cipriano, a former staffer at the Philly Inquirer, also noted that Juror 12, “had an excellent grasp of the facts, he knew what every witness said and what every witness didn’t say.”  Cipriano was interviewed for an hour on the matter of Juror 12 on 900AM-WURD on December 7 on the Nick Taliaferro Show. Cipriano has also noted that the Juror is a businessman living in Lancaster, Pa. who’s also a former Army Paratrooper.

Cipriano says the dismissed juror was taken off the case after eight straight votes to acquit the Congressman. “This is a matter of conscious and the government didn’t prove their case,” Cipriano reported the juror told him.

On Monday, December 12, former Philly Congressman Fattah will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III, 75, who was appointed by President George H.W. Bush. The sentencing recommendation by the prosecution is 17-22 years.

RELATED: AUG. 4, 2016: CBS Philly: Reporter: Fattah Juror Says He Was Dismissed For Resisting Conviction
RELATED: AUG. 3, 2016: Should Chaka Fattah trial have ended with a hung jury?
RELATED: DEC. 9, 2016: Philly Clout: Did Fattah get railroaded by federal judge?

An interview with investigative reporter Ralph Cipriano discusses the controversy around Juror 12, who Cipriano interviewed back in August.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke