Our long wait is at an end and we finally have (a few) answers in the Gambling Corruption trial.
The jury submitted a note just before noon saying that once again (like Tuesday) they reached unanimous verdicts on some of the counts but felt that they would never agree on others. After attorneys all gave their opinions it was decided that no one wanted an Allen Charge (An official charge given by the judge to the jury to compel them to continue deliberations. It's a firm reminder of the duty they have serving as a juror on a case. They key thing is to put personal opinion aside and work solely off of the evidence.) and that they would accept the verdicts the jury offered today and declare a mistrial on the rest.
At 2:11 this afternoon the clerk began to read to the court the fate of the nine defendants on trial. Out of 124 counts read to the court, 91 of them came back not guilty, 33 were undecided and declared a mistrial. The jury did not convict any of the defendants on any counts.
Sen. Quinton Ross and Lobbyist Bob Geddie were found not guilty on all counts. The other 7 defendants aren't off the hook yet. With a mistrial comes the possibility of a re-trial on those 33 counts (read the full list of verdicts HERE).
Judge Thompson told the court before proceedings ended today that he will set a date for the next trial ASAP - possibly within the month.
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