A New Jersey man whose seven-year prison sentence was commuted this week and is now seeking to get his felony gun charge conviction overturned blamed judicial “bullying” for his guilty verdict.
Brian Aitken told Fox News on Thursday that he is armed with an e-mail he claims he received earlier this week from a juror who told him that then-Superior Court Judge James Morley pushed the jury into obtaining a conviction.
“Interestingly enough, I got an e-mail from one of the jurors a night or two ago, and he told me, ‘You know, we all pretty much knew what was going on. We knew the judge was bullying us to this position. That’s why we came back three times and asked for the exemptions,'” Aitken said.
Aitken, an entrepreneur and media consultant with no prior criminal record, was arrested in January 2009 in New Jersey for possession of two locked and unloaded handguns he legally purchased in Colorado but didn’t have a carry permit for in the Garden State.
He was convicted and in August 2010 sentenced to seven years in prison. But after serving four months in a New Jersey prison, the cause célèbre for gun advocates was released Monday when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie commuted the sentence.
He says he now wants to clear his name.