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Bias at issue with jury pool in Fortenberry trial

U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry
Posted at 4:33 PM, Mar 16, 2022

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Potential jurors are being questioned about their political views and possible bias against the FBI in the trial of U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, who’s accused of lying to federal authorities about illegal campaign contributions.

U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Blumenfeld is asking possible jurors if their views on politics or law enforcement could skew their assessment of the charges or witnesses.

Fortenberry declined comment at the federal courthouse in Los Angeles. The case could cost him his job and freedom.

The nine-term congressman faces allegations he lied to federal investigators about an illegal 2016 contribution from a Nigerian billionaire.

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