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July 31, 1991
After 5 1/2 days of deliberations, a federal court jury announced yesterday it had failed to reach a verdict on charges that former state Delegate Lester V. Jones failed to pay about $130,000 in federal income taxes in 1983 and 1984.Federal prosecutors Joseph L. Evans and Ira L. Oring said the government will retry the case.The six-man and six-woman jury notified federal Judge Marvin J. Garbis that they were unable to agree on a unanimous verdict about 2 p.m. yesterday. Mr. Jones was charged with two counts of tax evasion for 1983 and 1984 and two counts of false reporting on amended returns he filed to correct errors on his original returns.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2012
It took jurors only about an hour Wednesday to find brothers Travers and Tremayne Johnson not guilty of setting a pit bull on fire — a fraction of the 20 hours jurors spent in the twins' first trial, unable to agree on a verdict. Family members were overjoyed. But the not guilty verdicts on the four charges against each brother were bittersweet for the Johnsons and their relatives, who have maintained throughout the trials that the twins are innocent. "That they defamed someone's character at such a young age is very troubling," said Camille Mills, a cousin of the defendants who joined their mother and siblings in court.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer | June 5, 1994
Circuit Judge Stephen M. Waldron dismissed a hung jury Wednesday after it had deliberated for 16 hours without reaching a verdict on an Edgewood man accused of sexual child abuse and rape involving the daughter and son of his girlfriend.Nicholas Victor Lee, 36, faced the same charges in December, when a previous jury was unable to reach a verdict before Judge Maurice W. Baldwin.In the latest trial, which lasted seven days, the girl, now 14, and the boy, now 12, testified that Mr. Lee was a nice man until a daughter was born to him and their mother in September 1988.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2011
Lawyers challenging the convictions of two men, in one of Baltimore's most gruesome child murder cases, argued Tuesday that the defense might have adjusted its trial strategy if the judge had shared all of the jury's questions. But an assistant attorney general countered that the judge's error during the two-month-long trial was harmless, given what she considered strong evidence tying Policarpio Espinoza Perez and Adan Canela to the near-decapitation of their three young relatives in a Baltimore home in May 2004.
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By Christina Asquith and Christina Asquith,Sun Staff Writer | August 13, 1995
After nearly a year of waiting, Linda Carr was climbing the Anne Arundel courthouse steps Friday when she heard the verdict in her fiance's trial for attempted murder -- a hung jury, again.Speechless, she put her hand over her mouth and walked off crying. When she returned, she was angry. "I don't believe this," said Ms. Carr.Her fiance, Giavanni Pickett, has been tried twice on charges of shooting a used-car salesman. He is back in jail, awaiting a third trial. Prosecutors say they have no new evidence against him."
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,Sun reporter | May 31, 2008
Over three days of deliberations, the jury contemplating the fate of a Brooklyn Park man accused of fatally shooting an acquaintance and stuffing him into a car trunk didn't fret over a key piece of missing evidence: a body. Instead, jurors said yesterday after a county judge declared a hung jury in the murder trial, it was the lack of credibility of some of the state's witnesses. Some of the prosecution's key witnesses in the case against Antonio Moore, 21, lived in a Brooklyn Park rowhouse where drugs were freely sold and used.
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By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | April 3, 2003
After deliberating almost eight hours over two days, a Baltimore jury came within a vote yesterday of acquitting Perry Spain, a man charged with shooting a 10-year-old in the neck on a West Baltimore street, but ended up declaring themselves deadlocked. Eleven members of the jury wanted to acquit and one wanted to convict Spain, 20, who is charged with attempted murder and other crimes related to the wounding of Tevin Davis. The judge declared a mistrial when the jurors said they could not reach a unanimous verdict.
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By Richard Marosi and Richard Marosi,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 30, 2003
LOS ANGELES - Jurors in the Donovan Jackson police abuse trial declared yesterday that they could not reach a verdict on the assault charge against Jeremy Morse, the former Inglewood police officer caught on videotape last summer slamming Jackson, then 16, onto the trunk of a police car and punching him in the face. The same jury found Morse's former partner Bijan Darvish not guilty of filing a false police report about the confrontation. In a case that drew national attention after the videotape was widely shown, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Hollingsworth declared a hung jury in the Morse case after the jury foreman said further deliberations would not change their minds.
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By JULIE BYKOWICZ and JULIE BYKOWICZ,SUN REPORTER | June 22, 2006
A second trial begins today in Baltimore Circuit Court for two Mexican immigrants accused of slashing the throats of three young relatives - a case with no clear motive that ended its first trial 10 months ago in a hung jury. Defense attorneys for Policarpio Espinoza, 24, and Adan Canela, 19, expect this trial to proceed much differently, with the younger suspect now blaming the older one in the killings. "This time around, we're going to concentrate a lot more on showing the lack of proof against Adan and the extreme amount of evidence that relates to Policarpio," Canela's attorney, James Rhodes, said yesterday.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | January 30, 2004
An Anne Arundel County jury yesterday convicted an Annapolis handyman of first-degree murder in the 1992 slaying of his friend's mother - the third time Albert Gustav Givens has been tried for the crime. Prosecutors said they will seek a sentence of life in prison without parole, the same sentence Givens was serving after his first conviction for the killing, which a judge overturned. A second trial ended with a hung jury. Circuit Judge Philip T. Caroom scheduled sentencing for Feb. 27. "We are ecstatic and relieved," said Lisa Kilpatrick O'Connell of Pasadena, daughter of Marlene Kilpatrick, who was murdered in her Arnold home.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop , tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | December 3, 2009
While Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon's defense team mulls over what to do about the single guilty verdict returned against her for misappropriating gift cards, prosecutors are considering whether they can get one more by retrying Count 6, which hung the jury with a 9-3 vote in favor of conviction. But some area lawyers say it's a risk that State Prosecutor Robert A. Rohrbaugh is unlikely to take. "I can't imagine why he would bother. He's already got his conviction," said Brian G. Thompson, a former assistant state's attorney turned Baltimore defense attorney.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,Sun reporter | May 31, 2008
Over three days of deliberations, the jury contemplating the fate of a Brooklyn Park man accused of fatally shooting an acquaintance and stuffing him into a car trunk didn't fret over a key piece of missing evidence: a body. Instead, jurors said yesterday after a county judge declared a hung jury in the murder trial, it was the lack of credibility of some of the state's witnesses. Some of the prosecution's key witnesses in the case against Antonio Moore, 21, lived in a Brooklyn Park rowhouse where drugs were freely sold and used.
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By GREGORY KANE | July 28, 2007
Cops have a saying: "We only catch criminals. We can't cook 'em." Last month, Eric Evans avoided being cooked on a charge of carrying a gun after being convicted of a disqualifying crime, courtesy of a hung jury in Baltimore Circuit Court. Marty Burns, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore state's attorney's office, said that 10 trials have ended in hung juries this year, including the two murder trials that ended in hung juries in the past nine days. In 2006, there were 18 trials that ended in hung juries, Are trials that end in hung juries an alarming trend or an occasional nuisance?
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By Anthony M. Destefano and Anthony M. Destefano,Newsday | October 21, 2006
NEW YORK -- After escaping conviction on federal racketeering charges three times in roughly a year, John A. Gotti - the son of the late Gambino crime boss - will finally be able to pursue what he claims he has long desired: an ordinary life. Yesterday, in a widely expected move, federal prosecutors in Manhattan dropped efforts to convict Gotti. He has been free on bail since the most recent mistrial last month. "The government has concluded that a retrial of defendant John A. Gotti on the pending indictment is not in the interests of justice in light of the three prior hung juries in the case," said U.S. Attorney Michael J. Garcia in a statement released yesterday.
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By JULIE BYKOWICZ and JULIE BYKOWICZ,SUN REPORTER | June 22, 2006
A second trial begins today in Baltimore Circuit Court for two Mexican immigrants accused of slashing the throats of three young relatives - a case with no clear motive that ended its first trial 10 months ago in a hung jury. Defense attorneys for Policarpio Espinoza, 24, and Adan Canela, 19, expect this trial to proceed much differently, with the younger suspect now blaming the older one in the killings. "This time around, we're going to concentrate a lot more on showing the lack of proof against Adan and the extreme amount of evidence that relates to Policarpio," Canela's attorney, James Rhodes, said yesterday.
NEWS
November 24, 2005
A mistrial was declared yesterday after a Baltimore Circuit Court jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case of a man charged with attempting to kill two city undercover city police officers March 12 on Elmley Avenue. Prosecuting attorney Richard Cecil said Judge John M. Glynn had no choice but to declare a hung jury after learning that one juror refused to participate in examining the evidence and had made up her mind at the beginning of the trial of 25-year-old William Floyd Crudup.
NEWS
November 24, 2005
A mistrial was declared yesterday after a Baltimore Circuit Court jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case of a man charged with attempting to kill two city undercover city police officers March 12 on Elmley Avenue. Prosecuting attorney Richard Cecil said Judge John M. Glynn had no choice but to declare a hung jury after learning that one juror refused to participate in examining the evidence and had made up her mind at the beginning of the trial of 25-year-old William Floyd Crudup.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | January 30, 2004
An Anne Arundel County jury yesterday convicted an Annapolis handyman of first-degree murder in the 1992 slaying of his friend's mother - the third time Albert Gustav Givens has been tried for the crime. Prosecutors said they will seek a sentence of life in prison without parole, the same sentence Givens was serving after his first conviction for the killing, which a judge overturned. A second trial ended with a hung jury. Circuit Judge Philip T. Caroom scheduled sentencing for Feb. 27. "We are ecstatic and relieved," said Lisa Kilpatrick O'Connell of Pasadena, daughter of Marlene Kilpatrick, who was murdered in her Arnold home.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 7, 2004
NEW YORK - No, she said, she did not flash an "OK" to the defense lawyers. But yes, she would have voted to acquit the two former Tyco International executives on all counts. Ruth B. Jordan, Juror No. 4 in the Tyco trial, has finally spoken publicly. The 79-year-old retired history teacher and law school graduate says that if New York Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Obus had not declared a mistrial Friday because of a stranger's letter to her, the six-month Tyco trial would probably have ended in a hung jury.
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