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Jury acquits June Brown on six counts, deadlocks on 54; feds vow retrial

By the Notebook on Jan 9, 2014 07:32 PM

A federal jury Thursday acquitted former charter school operator Dorothy June Brown on six fraud counts, but said they were deadlocked on 54 others. Prosecutors vowed a retrial, and a juror interviewed said the vote was 9-3 in favor of conviction on charges that Brown had defrauded four charter schools that she founded of more than $6.7 million. The jury had deliberated for seven days after hearing more than five weeks of testimony. Read Dave Davies' coverage for NewsWorks and the story from the Inquirer's Martha Woodall.


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Comments (11)

Submitted by Annonymous (not verified) on January 10, 2014 4:03 am
Hopefully, the prosecution does their job and the jurors should they have some sense. Brown has profited mightily by deceit and greed. Her charters are "successful" because of how she controls who attends. (I went through the process with my children - it was NOT a lottery. She required a parents' meeting, interviews, children had to attend the school for a day and get tested, and then students' names were put in the lottery. She was also notorious for kicking students out.) If Brown gets away with becoming a multimillionaire off the public dollar, anyone can.
Submitted by anon (not verified) on January 10, 2014 8:16 am
"free market capitalism" at work (with a little help from the pols). they're all for a laissez-faire playing field while the money is rolling in and corporate welfare when the flow of cash slows down. heads they win, tails you lose. jurors buying into this business as usual defense are chumps.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on January 10, 2014 9:16 am
YES, and all with the "hook up", are doing exactly that. Corruption 101.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 10, 2014 9:50 am
You should contact the U.S Attorney's office. I am sure they could use this type of situation for the re-trial.
Submitted by Morrie Peters (not verified) on January 10, 2014 7:16 am
Fait accompli...:-(
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 10, 2014 11:36 am
The jury has spoken.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 10, 2014 11:23 am
No they haven't. They were deadlocked 9-3 (9 for guilty) on 54 counts, acquitted on six. Two had there mind made up that she was not guilty before the trial started.
Submitted by Annonymous (not verified) on January 10, 2014 1:41 pm
Maybe June Brown paid off the 3 hold out jurors who had their minds made up before the trial. She certainly made enough off of our tax dollars to pay off a lot of people. June Brown is a mega intimidator.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 11, 2014 12:34 am
9-3 is not good enough in a criminal trial. It must be unanimous. The jury has spoken. That's the way it works.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 10, 2014 1:15 pm
Someone should investigate the jurors.
Submitted by Donald Elliott (not verified) on January 14, 2014 4:00 am
I do not believe Brown could do such an act that he had defrauded four charter schools. Proper investigation needs to be done now.

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