Jury Spat Leads To Partial Mistrial In Calif. Corruption Case

Law360, Los Angeles (March 21, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT) -- A day after five former Bell, Calif., councilmembers were convicted of stealing as much as $1.3 million from taxpayers, a judge on Thursday declared a mistrial on the 10 remaining counts against them, saying “all hell has broken loose” in the jury deliberations room.

By declaring a mistrial on the 19th day of deliberations, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy gave up any hope that the panel could resolve a 9-3 deadlock in favor of convictions on the counts that were not among the verdicts...
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