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Bell Corruption Mistrial Declared on Counts That Remained

A jury that found five former members of Bell, California’s council guilty of misappropriating public funds failed to reach a verdict on the remaining counts, resulting in a mistrial.

Following guilty verdicts on some charges on March 20, the jurors were summoned back yesterday for more deliberation after four of them said they thought that further instruction on the law might help them reach a unanimous agreement. Later in the day, California Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy in Los Angeles declared a mistrial on the allegations that were still pending.