A judge in Manhattan ruled a mistrial in the case of a Steve Bannon associate accused of stealing money from the “We Build the Wall” foundation on Tuesday.
The jury was deadlocked, and the members of the jury claimed they couldn’t get past their ideological differences.
The jury could not make a decision after more than 30 hours of deliberation on whether Colorado businessman Timothy Shea was guilty of diverting contributions to the fund from Trump supporters.
The charity’s goal was to generate funds through individual donations to help build a part of the border wall between the US and Mexico.
On Thursday, the jury wrote to the judge, Analisa Torres, to report that a holdout, Roberto, had alleged a “government witch hunt” and other conspiracies during deliberations and was delaying them from reaching a conclusion. Roberto was the only juror who had not reached a decision. According to the notes taken by the jury, he had accused the other 11 members of being liberals from New York who were biased.
In spite of the disagreements, Torres instructed the panel to continue deliberating. However, on Tuesday, the jury announced that they were at a stalemate.
“Judge Torres, in the last few days, we have narrowed our focus to an agreed-upon scope consisting of a few points of contention. We’ve gone to extreme depth in granular detail, building a bottom-up analysis regarding these points. In doing so, it is abundantly clear that we are even further entrenched in our opposing views,” the jury reported.
“We cannot reach a verdict on any of the three counts,” a second note read.
On top of all of this, the judge apparently doxed one of the jurors, (I’m sure it was the one who was holding out). It’s being reported that the judge leaked the name and juror number to the press.