Judge declares mistrial in Abramoff figure case
A federal judge declared a mistrial on all counts in the case of Kevin Ring, a former associate of jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Jurors deliberated for days on eight charges against Ring. Initially, they said they reached a verdict on one count and were deadlocked on the others.

But on Thursday, they apparently were no longer in agreement on the one charge and remained deadlocked on the other. So Judge Ellen Huvelle, who has handled a slew of Abramoff cases -- including the on against former Interior deputy secretary J. Steven Griles -- declared a mistrial.

Federal prosecutors say Ring showered gifts on Congressional aides and Bush administration officials to influence them into taking actions to benefit his clients, including the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Abramoff's biggest client.

Prosecutors also say Ring developed a "corrupt" lobbying scheme whose targets included Sandia Pueblo of New Mexico.

Get the Story:
Judge halts lobbyist’s trial with jury stuck in deadlock (The Oklahoman 10/16)
Abramoff Associate's Fraud Case Ends in Mistrial as Jury Deadlocks (The Washington Post 10/16)
Mistrial Declared On All Charges In Ring Case (The National Journal 10/15)
Mistrial in Ring Case (Main Justice 10/15)
Judge Declares Mistrial on All Counts Against Ring (Roll Call 10/15)
Mistrial declared in case of lobbyist from Abramoff scandal (The Hill 10/15)

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