Dismissed juror: ‘Holy Spirit’ said Corrine Brown was innocent before fraud trial

Jury deliberations for former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s trial were delayed briefly last week when a juror was excused over comments he made during deliberations. (Bob Self/Florida Times-Union)

The juror dismissed last week from former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s fraud trial told other jurors “the Holy Spirit” told him before the trial that Brown was innocent, according to a transcript the judge read during a hearing Monday.

The juror told the judge he had still listened to all the evidence in the trial and that doing so had confirmed Brown’s innocence, U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan said Monday.

That argument could become an issue in later verdict challenges by Brown, who was convicted last week on 18 out of 22 counts involving fraud, conspiracy and tax crimes. Her attorney, James W. Smith III, said last week he would seek a new trial but hasn’t formally requested that yet.

Corrigan said during Monday’s hearing that he would order the transcript he read from Monday ot be unsealed and entered into the court docket.

Check back with Jacksonville.com or see Tuesday’s Times-Union for details on that.