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U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C. U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C. June 6, 2020. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will rehear a former West Virginia Supreme Court chief justice’s claim that he is entitled to a hearing on whether his fraud trial was tainted by a juror’s use of Twitter before and during the trial.

The federal appellate court on Thursday agreed to take a new look at the dispute, and the court set arguments for May 3 in United States v. Allen Loughry II. Loughry was convicted in 2018 of seven counts of wire fraud, two counts of making false statements to federal investigators, and one count each of witness tampering and mail fraud. He was sentenced in 2019 to serve 24 months in prison.

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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