Judge says jurors not turned away due to dress codes

ORLANDO, Fla. - A judge has debunked a claim by defense attorneys that prospective jurors in mortgage fraud case were turned away because of dress code violations at the federal courthouse in Orlando.

U.S. District Judge John Jarvey told defense attorneys John Bergendaghl and Richard Klugh on Wednesday that jurors weren't turned away by the U.S. Marshals Service because of their wardrobes.

In seeking a new trial, the attorneys initially said "a number of" prospective jurors were turned away. Last month, they told Jarvey only one juror was turned away. Jarvey requested an affidavit from a witness, who turned out to be a private investigator for Bergendahl. Jarvey hasn't ruled on a new trial.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Jim Sotolongo and Stephanie Musselwhite were convicted on fraud charges on April 28.

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