Published on: Saturday, April 22, 2023

Hammond, La. cop who also works on a DEA task force is convicted of stealing money and property from arrestees and sentenced to over two years in prison. But wait! One of the jurors failed to disclose that he knew the officer's wife: They went to a high school dance together and kept in touch on social media. Fifth Circuit: Possibly this calls for a new trial. The district court should hold an evidentiary hearing.

The case is United States v. Gemar, No. 21-30666 (5th Cir. Apr. 19, 2023).