A mistrial was declared Tuesday in the federal contract bid-rigging case against Detroit’s Bobby Ferguson.
Ferguson is charged with fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice. He's accused of obtaining millions of dollars in public works contracts through false statements and bid collusion.
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He's also accused of making false statements in a proposal as part of the Garden View Estates project, a public housing development in Detroit.
Deliberations began Friday but the jury said it was deadlocked Tuesday.
U.S. attorney's office says it will re-try Ferguson
"We are disappointed that these jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict, but we appreciate their time and their work. We will try this case again because it is so important to the citizens of Detroit, who deserve so much better," said Barbara McQuade, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Three other people charged with Ferguson have pleaded guilty and will testify against him.
Ferguson faces a separate trial in September with Kilpatrick and Kilpatrick's father, Bernard.
Rod Meloni's courtroom updates
A fresh start for the jury did nothing to help get to a verdict. In fact, as things stand this afternoon there is likely to be no verdict at all.
Yes, while we were told on Friday they had some counts agreed to with verdicts on some charges. The seven woman, five man jury with two African Americans changed its mind. Today around mid day the jury came back and told the judge it had no verdicts anymore and was deadlocked on all 24 charges. The defense asked for a mistrial, the judge refused. The jury returned about two hours later and said it was completely deadlocked. The judge told the jury to go back to the jury room and fill out jury forms so he can see where the jury deadlocked. They are out now but destined to return to the courtroom at any minute and the judge appears ready to accept the deadlocked decision. This means mistrial and re-trial. The mistrial is likely to come today… who knows about the re-trial. We’ll keep you updated. I’m heading back up to the courtroom
The defense has moved for a mistrial but Judge David Lawson has told the jury to return to try to decide. They are now saying that they can't decide on any charges, as opposed to the partial verdict that they reported Friday.
They were instructed to return to deliberate until they can reach a unanimous decision.
Lawson declined the mistrial.
Jury is deliberating more, might go for the remainder of the day, says the judge.
The bell rang and the elevator door opened.
Inside was a smiling, laughing Bobby Ferguson surrounded by his and his companies’ attorneys.
They just watched the 11 member jury gather at the Theodore J. Levin Courthouse for its fifth day of deliberations.
The Ferguson group was positively jovial as it left the elevator, laughing and joking with each other as they headed down the marble corridors and out the courthouse back door; more than likely headed to one of the attorney’s offices located within walking distance downtown.
Their spirits buoyed by the lengthy deliberations in this case that have gone in fits and starts. In the community of trial attorneys, the longer a deliberation goes the better it is for the defendant.