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Juror alleges misconduct in Needelman corruption trial

Emergency hearing scheduled for Monday

Former Brevard County Clerk of Courts listens as potential jurors are questioned in his public corruption trial.
Former Brevard County Clerk of Courts listens as potential jurors are questioned in his public corruption trial.

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A juror in Mitch Needelman's public corruption trial has alleged misconduct by his fellow jurors.

An emergency hearing about the matter is scheduled for Monday morning, according to News 6 partner Florida Today.

Tuesday, Needelman, the former Brevard County Clerk of Courts, was convicted of bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, bid tampering and official misconduct.

According to an emergency motion filed Wednesday by Needelman's attorney, Warren Lindsey, a juror contacted Lindsey after the trial and told him that other jurors talked about the case among themselves and that some of them said they h decided that Needelman was guilty before hearing all the evidence.

Judge Marlene Alva granted Lindsey's request for an emergency hearing on the case. The hearing is set from Monday at 9 a.m. in Sanford.