Chaka Fattah

Ex-congressman's lawyer says juror was wrongly dismissed

A lawyer for imprisoned former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah on Thursday zeroed in on what he called the improper dismissal of a holdout juror in his appeal of the congressman's racketeering conviction.

Attorney Bruce Merenstein sparred with a panel of three federal judges during a hearing in Philadelphia, arguing that there wasn't a good enough reason to dismiss a juror who is said to have screamed at his counterparts and vowed to cause a hung jury during Fattah's trial.

"I think that he wasn't engaging in the process. That's part of what they said, that he wasn't actively engaging in the discussion," Judge Joseph A. Greenaway Jr. said, referring to statements made by...