Jury deadlocked in corruption trial of former Mass. Treasurer Tim Cahill; aide cleared
BOSTON (AP) -- An aide to former Massachusetts treasurer Tim Cahill was found not guilty of corruption charges on Tuesday, but jurors did not reach a verdict on charges against Cahill and a judge asked them to keep deliberating.
Cahill and former chief of staff Scott Campbell were charged with violating state ethics laws by scheming to use $1.5 million in taxpayer-funded lottery advertisements to boost Cahill's sinking 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Tuesday was the sixth day of deliberations in the case.
Campbell smiled broadly after the verdict was read and Cahill gave him a bear hug and patted him on the back.
"We're very happy," said Campbell, who was mobbed by reporters as he left the courtroom. "We're very relieved."
The jurors in Cahill's case resumed deliberations Tuesday afternoon after Judge Christine Roach provided them a legal instruction given to deadlocked juries and told the panelists it would be "desirable" to reach a unanimous verdict.
The jury ended deliberations for the day late Tuesday afternoon without a verdict on Cahill and was expected to go back to work this morning.
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