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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 Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,Sun reporter | November 29, 2007
GREENBELT -- The public corruption trial of Andre J. Hornsby ended yesterday without a verdict after jurors remained deadlocked in the case against the former Prince George's County schools chief. Without a conviction or acquittal on any count, the mis- trial declared by the presiding judge in U.S. District Court marked a high-profile setback for federal prosecutors who charged Hornsby more than a year ago with accepting kickbacks from an educational software saleswoman. Questions about the financial arrangement between Hornsby, 54, and his then-girlfriend Sienna Owens first came to light in a series of 2004 articles in The Sun. The U.S. attorney's office for Maryland immediately pledged to retry the case, while Hornsby's defense lawyer vowed that his client would continue fighting every element of the 16-count criminal indictment against him. "I put it into God's hands," Hornsby, 54, said of the future of the case outside the courthouse late yesterday afternoon.
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By a Sun reporter | September 20, 2007
A Baltimore Circuit Court judge yesterday declared a mistrial in an attempted murder and witness intimidation case after a juror said two men who were watching the proceedings saw her later at a bus stop and scared her, according to the city prosecutors. The news came in the form of a handwritten note from the jury forewoman to Judge Robert Kershaw during the second day of deliberations in the trial of Yusef Winston-Bey, 27, and Victor Shuron, 30. They are charged in the Nov. 27, 2006, shooting of a witness in a Baltimore County homicide.
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By Sam Howe Verhovek and Sam Howe Verhovek,LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 8, 2007
FORT LEWIS, Wash. -- A military judge abruptly declared a mistrial yesterday in the court-martial of an Army lieutenant who refused orders to go to Iraq, handing a temporary reprieve to the elated officer and leaving military prosecutors visibly stunned and angry with the ruling. The decision by the judge, Lt. Col. John Head, turned on the contentious issue of whether factual stipulations agreed to earlier by the prosecutors and the defense team amounted to a confession of guilt by the lieutenant, 28-year-old Ehren Watada, on the Army's charges of failure to deploy.
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BY A SUN REPORTER | January 12, 2007
A Baltimore Circuit Court judge declared a mistrial yesterday in the case of a private school teacher charged with raping a teenage student after a witness inappropriately indicated to the jury that other young girls had made similar allegations, city prosecutors said. Circuit Judge Martin P. Welch ruled that the statements from Carolyn Seawell, an administrator at the Community Initiatives Academy, unfairly prejudiced jurors. The teacher, Charles Carroll, is being tried on charges he raped a girl when she was 13; he also faces trials on allegations that he sexually abused two other girls, ages 13 and 17. "The state absolutely intends to retry these viable criminal charges," said Joe Sviatko, a spokesman for the city state's attorney's office.
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October 10, 2006
`Army Strong' slogan of new ad campaign WASHINGTON -- The Army, in an effort to increase its appeal to recruiting-age Americans, is replacing its main ad slogan, "An Army of One," with "Army Strong." The new approach, the fruit of a $200 million-a-year contract with a major advertising agency, was announced yesterday by Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey. He said "Army Strong" will be the centerpiece of a multimedia ad campaign to begin Nov. 9, timed to coincide with Veterans Day weekend.
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By JEAN MARBELLA | July 28, 2006
At this stage of the trial, they are samples, not children. They are DNA, extracted from a bloodstain on a shoe or "debris" from inside a glove. Lucero Espinoza, the 8-year-old girl who liked to dance, her 9-year-old brother, Ricardo, whom she considered her best friend, and their 10-year-old cousin and constant companion, Alexis Espejo Quezada, are samples 3, 2 and 1 in the trial of the cousin and uncle (samples 7 and 8) accused of killing them two years ago in a Northwest Baltimore apartment.
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By JUSTIN FENTON and JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER | March 17, 2006
The trial of a Darlington woman charged in the death of a 16-month-old boy who was given methadone ended yesterday in a mistrial on charges of involuntary manslaughter, but the woman could face five years in prison after being convicted on a lesser charge. Jurors found Elaine Marie Butler, 53, guilty of reckless endangerment and not guilty of accessory after the fact. But they deadlocked on a count of involuntary manslaughter after seven hours of deliberations that began Wednesday night, leading Harford County Circuit Judge Stephen M. Waldron to declare a mistrial.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 13, 2005
In an apparent setback for Merck, a federal judge in Houston declared a mistrial yesterday in Plunkett v. Merck, the third Vioxx lawsuit to reach trial, after jurors said they were deadlocked. The panel of nine jurors had debated for about 18 hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The lawsuit was brought by Evelyn Irvin Plunkett, the widow of Richard Irvin Jr., who died at age 53 in May 2001 after taking the Merck painkiller Vioxx for less than a month. Judge Eldon E. Fallon of U.S. District Court declared a mistrial and sent jurors home yesterday morning after they reported they could not reach a verdict.
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