Friday, April 28, 2017 at 12:36 p.m.
John Wiley Worth, an harmless man
Midway into their eight day of deliberations, jurors within the eight-week federal corruption trial of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Worth emerged eventually to ship a stinging rebuke to prosecutors – not responsible verdicts on probably the most critical costs of bribery and mail fraud.
The jury advised the decide it was unable to succeed in verdicts on revenue tax evasion expenses. Jurors discovered Worth’s administrative assistant, Dapheny Fain, not responsible of the 2 expenses towards her – mendacity to the FBI and serving to worth cover cash from the IRS.
The not responsible verdicts on mail fraud costs will spare Chief U.S District Decide Barbara Lynn from one onerous process; out of the jury’s listening to, she had already warned the federal government she in all probability would toss out any responsible verdicts on these costs as a result of she felt the federal government had executed such a poor job proving. This manner, the jury tossed them out for her.
Technically the federal government can attempt Worth once more on the tax expenses the place the jury was unable to agree. These expenses, nevertheless, grew organically out of the federal government’s bribery case towards him, which is now off limits as a result of Worth has already defeated it. On their very own with out the underlying bribery expenses, the tax expenses might show too weak a limb for the federal government to succeed in for, particularly since the very last thing the feds want now’s one other whipping from Worth.
The core of the case towards Worth and is co-defendants was based mostly on what authorities legal professionals repeatedly described to jurors as a “stream of advantages” consisting of money, cars and land. The protection argued that the stream flowed each methods. They stated Worth typically lent cash to his co-defendants, and protection legal professionals have been capable of present jurors transactions that the federal government appeared to have ignored or redacted proving that the cash went each methods.
The decide now should determine whether or not Kathy Nealy, Worth’s political advisor, must be tried. Decide Lynn separated Nealy from the Worth trial after Nealy argued she ought to by no means have been charged due to a previous immunity settlement.
If Lynn decides to attempt Nealy, the Worth verdicts theoretically can’t be launched as proof or argument for her protection. However that solely works if the federal government can discover jurors who by no means watch tv, take heed to the radio, learn the newspaper or go browsing.