NEW ORLEANS — Faced with a hung jury, a federal judge declared a mistrial today in the racketeering and fraud trial of Gov. Edwin W. Edwards, his brother and three business associates.
U.S. District Judge Marcel Livaudais gave attorneys until Jan. 15 to file additional post-trial motions to support their earlier requests for directed verdicts of acquittal.
Three other defendants were acquitted by the judge last week before the jury entered six days of deliberations.
Before the jury was called into the courtroom and discharged, Livaudais granted the motion for mistrial filed by defense attorney William Jeffress, who represented co-defendant Ronald Falgout.
Livaudais said he granted the motion after the jury told him it could not break its deadlock without going over lengthy transcripts of trial testimony it had requested earlier in the day.