BOSTON — Former Fall River major Jasiel Correia II had his virtual day in court on Thursday as three federal judges in the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on why the now-incarcerated ex-politician should have his convictions overturned or receive a new trial.
Oral arguments were heard before appellate judges Sandra L. Lynch, Bruce Selya and Jeffrey R. Howard in the 34-minute call-in, audio-only hearing. The hearing was live-streamed on the court’s YouTube channel.
Correia is currently serving a six-year sentence for fraud and political corruption in a Berlin, New Hampshire, federal prison.
Somerset attorney and legal analyst Steven Sabra the appellate judges won’t make a decision on Correia’s appeal immediately.
“Generally, it takes about two to three months for a decision. First they will assign one of the judges to write a draft and then it will be circulated among the judges. If there is a dissenting opinion, that will be written and then they’ll write a full decision,” said Sabra.
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Focused oral arguments
Correia’s appellate attorney, Daniel Marx, didn’t stray from the pages of written arguments to have his case overturned or receive a new trial, but focused on narrower issues outlined in the appeals arguments with Assistant US Attorney Mark Quinlivan.
Somerset attorney and legal analyst Steven Sabra said two argued issues struck him: the question of whether the federal jury that heard Correia’s case in 2021 was a “discerning” jury, and whether or not prosecutors prejudiced the jury when they showed a videotape during closing arguments of a debate video between Correia and former major Sam Sutter involving his claims with his app company SnoOwl.
Marx argued it was not a discerning verdict.
“Here the jury convicted Mr. Correia on