Sep 14, 2021

Judge declares mistrial at trial of Backpage.com founders

A judge declared a mistrial at the trial of the founders of Backpage.com on charges of facilitating prostitution and laundering money.

Aug 25, 2021

Mistrial declared in Michael Avenatti’s California embezzlement case

A California judge declared a mistrial in the embezzlement trial of attorney Michael Avenatti, who is charged with stealing millions from his clients.

Jun 17, 2017

Cosby judge declares mistrial as jury deadlocks again

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby’s trial on sexual assault charges ended in a mistrial Saturday after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision in a case that nevertheless helped destroy the 79-year-old comedian’s image as “America’s Dad.” Prosecutors vowed to try again, declaring the woman who accuses Cosby of drugging and molesting her at his […]

Dec 21, 2015

New trial for Porter set for summer

The retrial for Officer William Porter, whose case concluded last week with a hung jury on all four counts stemming from his alleged role in the death of Freddie Gray, has been scheduled for June 13. The trial date for Officer Caesar Goodson remains Jan. 6, according to an announcement by the Maryland Judiciary. A […]

Dec 17, 2015

Experts: Mistrial in Porter case leaves questions for prosecutors

Of all the possible outcomes for the first trial in the case against six officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, legal observers said Wednesday’s mistrial was the state’s worst scenario. Officer William Porter has been identified as a witness prosecutors would like to call against at least two other officers, including […]

Oct 20, 2015

In Dewey case, an argument for good judgment

As New York prosecutors decide whether to retry three former top executives of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP for fraud following Monday’s mistrial due to a hung jury, attorneys everywhere can take note of how to avoid finding themselves in a similar situation. “It’s a terrible mess for a once-grand law firm to find itself in,” […]

Oct 20, 2015

Dewey & LeBoeuf case ends with hung jury and mistrial

Three former top executives of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP avoided potential prison terms after a Manhattan jury failed to agree on whether they lied to investors in the run-up to the largest law-firm bankruptcy in history. The mistrial followed weeks of deliberations during which jurors acquitted the trio of lesser charges. The case, while prosecuted […]

Sep 7, 2015

Nance clashes again with public defender

The public defender whose confrontation with Baltimore City Circuit Judge Alfred Nance led to murder charges being dismissed was back in his courtroom last week. This time, instead of declaring a mistrial, Nance transferred Deborah Katz Levi’s case from his docket without explanation, forcing her to request a postponement. Video of Nance’s Sept. 1 docket, […]

Aug 14, 2015

The criticism that ended a murder case

A defense attorney turned a Baltimore judge’s attack on her competence, and his mistrial declaration, into a dismissal of all charges -- including murder -- against her client.

Jan 26, 2015


The testimony at issue was a single response to a question asked during crossexamination. The court’s offer of a curative instruction was declined by defense counsel.

Dec 22, 2014


At no time before trial did the court determine if Washington was competent to stand trial. On the other hand, his counsel appeared at several pretrial hearings in this and related cases, and at trial, without so much as a word about the competency motion.

Dec 22, 2014

Mistrial declared in teen visitor’s death

A mistrial has been declared in the prosecution of Michael Johnson, the Baltimore man accused of murdering Phylicia Barnes, a teenager who went missing while visiting her half-sister in 2010.

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