The influence-peddling trial of former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce ended Tuesday in a mistrial after jurors deadlocked on charges that he accepted $31,000 in bribes from a water company owner in exchange for favorable regulatory decisions.
The mistrial declared by U.S. District Judge John Tuchi came after about 18 hours of deliberations over four days. A mistrial also was declared for Pierce’s wife, Sherry, water company owner George Johnson and lobbyist Jim Norton.
Pierce was stoic when the judge announced the decision to end the trial. Prosecutors have until mid-August to decide whether to retry Pierce and the three other people charged in the case.
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