Newark’s Ex-Mayor and Ex-Con Wants Another Day in Court

April 9, 2011  |  

(Wall Street Journal) — A year after being released from federal prison on corruption charges, ex-Newark Mayor Sharpe James is asking for a new trial.  One of the original jurors did not disclose that his parents worked for Newark, potentially affecting his vote, Mr. James said in a motion filed in Newark federal court Friday.  “Had I known this information, I would have advised my lawyers to challenge the juror for cause,” Mr. James said in an affidavit. “My concern would have been pressure from adverse political forces exerted on the juror or hidden bias if his parents felt mistreated by me and expressed it to him.”  Mr. James, a Democrat, was convicted of charges that involved selling city property cheaply to his girlfriend, who made about $600,000 in profit. He served 18 months in prison.

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