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Originally published Monday, May 6, 2013 at 7:39 AM

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Court overturns felony conviction in N. Idaho case

The Idaho Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for an eastern Washington man convicted in 2011 of grand theft by extortion by a Kootenai County jury.

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho —

The Idaho Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for an eastern Washington man convicted in 2011 of grand theft by extortion by a Kootenai County jury.

Justices on the Court of Appeals ruled Friday in the case of 30-year-old Joshua M. Moses of Spokane, Wash. Moses was convicted of extortion involving Joshua Branam of Post Falls.

The court concluded the trial judge erred by denying Moses' lawyer a mid-trial request to question a juror. The Coeur d'Alene Press reports ( http://bit.ly/10gJtdn) the juror was suffering from anxiety and questioned his ability to continue serving on the jury.

The justices say because there is no way to prove the error was harmless, the conviction must be overturned.

Prosecutors alleged Moses extorted cash from Branam's brother-in-law to satisfy a drug debt.

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Information from: Coeur d'Alene Press, http://www.cdapress.com

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