As you probably have heard, after acquitting ex-Treasurer Tim Cahill’s co-defendant Scott Campbell (Cahill’s former campaign manager), the Cahill jury today declared itself hopelessly deadlocked on Cahill himself, leading the judge in the case to declare a mistrial. How, after acquitting Campbell, there could have remained any possibility of convicting Cahill on a conspiracy charge is a mystery to me, since conspiracy by definition would seem to require more than one person … but I digress.
Attorney General Coakley should let this one go. I don’t know enough about the new law under which he was prosecuted to say anything about it in general, but this wasn’t a good case. A possible five years in prison for running TV ads touting the lottery out of … the lottery’s advertising budget? Sorry, but I don’t see it.