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Conn. Atty Wins New SEC Trial After Judge’s Jury Poll Gaffe

By Chris Villani (June 2, 2022, 11:50 AM EDT) — A judge’s admittedly “inexcusable” mistake in failing to poll a jury after they found a Connecticut lawyer liable for stock fraud is enough to merit a new trial, a different federal judge ruled Thursday.

US District Judge Richard G. Stearns found that prior circuit case law suggests, but does not confirm, that not polling the panel at the request of a civil party is automatically grounds for giving Henry Sargent a second bite of the judicial apple.

Noting the lack of any settled precedent, Judge Stearns said he would allow the US Securities and Exchange Commission to immediately appeal the issue…

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