Just hours after a jury could not find former treasurer Tim Cahill guilty, the state’s top prosecutor said she still believes in the strength of the case, but offered no indication on whether she will seek a retrial.
A Suffolk Superior Court judge declared a mistrial yesterday in Cahill's public corruption case after a jury said they were deadlock and could not declare the 54-year-old from Quincy guilty or not guilty.
Attorney General Martha Coakley, who brought the charges against Cahill earlier this year, said that her office is still determining whether or not to seek a retrial.
"These kinds of cases are not easy. The nature of public corruption is such that it is often behind the scenes and it can be insidious," she said. "It is difficult to prevent and it can be very difficult to expose and prove accountability beyond a reasonable doubt to 12 jurors."
The jury spent more than seven days deliberating. On Tuesday they acquitted Cahill's codefendant Scott Campbell for his alleged role in the conspiracy to use public funds to boost Cahill's image through the Lottery as he ran for governor.
"They have not acquitted Tim Cahill," Coakely said. "Tim Cahill is in the same position he was when the indictments were returned."
After the announcement, Cahill said he felt "total vindication."
"We're fine. We're fine. It's been tough but that’s all in the past. Now we're looking to go forward," he said, according to the State House News Service.