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June 17, 2016

Fattah juror dismissed, deliberations to begin again

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A juror in the federal corruption trial of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was dismissed on Friday morning, reports.

The reason for the dismissal by U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III was not immediately disclosed, however, deliberations were forced to start over with an alternate now on the jury. adds that the jury is now comprised of three men and nine women.

The 11-term Philadelphia Democrat is accused of taking an illegal $1 million campaign loan from a friend to help pay for his failed mayoral bid. Prosecutors say he also used federal grants and nonprofit funds to enrich his family and friends.