Racketeering Case Ends in Mistrial

A mistrial had to be declared in the racketeering and narcotics ring case today, after Judge Norman K. Moon discovered that three jurors were aware of the contents of yesterday’s Daily Progress article, “Man says RICO witnesses lying.” The jury was just about to begin deliberation. While the prosecutors wanted only the tainted jurors dismissed, the defense wanted the entire jury replaced; the defense won out, and the next trial will be held down in Lynchburg, where Judge Moon thinks the jury can be more isolated. Liesel Nowak has the story on the Progress website.

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