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Judge Admits ‘Inexcusable’ Error In Atty’s SEC Fraud Trial

By Brian Dowling (April 21, 2022, 3:33 PM EDT) — A Boston federal judge on Thursday acknowledged making an “inexcusable mistake” in refusing to poll a jury that found a Connecticut lawyer liable for fraud securities and recused himself from hearing the attorney’s bid for a new trial.

US District Judge William G. Young, who presided over the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s two-week securities fraud trial against Henry Sargent, said he had mistakenly believed that criminal defendants had a right to poll a jury while defendants in civil cases did not.

The judge presiding over the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s securities fraud trial against Henry Sargent admitted that his…

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