DETROIT (WWJ) – U.S. District Judge David Lawson has declared mistrial in the corruption case against Bobby Ferguson, after jurors failed to reach a verdict.
Juror sent a note to the judge saying they were deadlocked on all counts for all defendants.
Ferguson and two others are accused of setting up a bid-rigging scheme to help his company win a nearly $12-million contract for a low-income housing project in Detroit.
Also charged are Calvin Hall and Michael Woodhouse. All three defendants have denied any wrongdoing.
Ferguson, who is well-known in Detroit as a former close friend of disgraced ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, is also facing weapons and illegal dumping charges.
It was not immediately clear whether or not prosecutors would choose to retry the case.
“It’s not a total win for the defense,” said WWJ Legal Analyst Charlie Langton. “The government has the option now to retry the defendants, modify the charges, or drop them completely.”
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