Mistrial declared in California corruption case

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Updated: 3/21/2013 5:55 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial on dozens of remaining counts against five former elected officials accused of looting the working-class Los Angeles suburb of Bell.

Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy said she feared "all hell" had broken loose among jurors.

On Wednesday the panel convicted the former mayor and four former city council members of a total of 21 counts of misappropriating public funds and acquitted them on 21 other counts. But the 12-member panel struggled to decide 42 other counts.

Jurors said they did not want to speak to the news media or attorneys and asked to be escorted privately from the courthouse.

A hearing was set for April 23, when the judge could determine a sentencing date and prosecutors will disclose if the deadlocked counts will be retried.


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