By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says she has not decided whether former state Treasurer Tim Cahill will face a re-trial on corruption charges after a jury declared itself hopelessly deadlocked.
Coakley spoke to reporters Wednesday after a judge declared a mistrial in the case.
Coakley said investigators brought the case against Cahill after finding “significant evidence” that he attempted to use $1.5 million in taxpayer money for the state lottery to run ads designed to help his faltering 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Cahill testified that he approved the advertising blitz because he wanted to defend the lottery after the Republican Governors Association ran a series of negative ads attacking him and his management.
Coakley said she still believes in the “strength” of the case against Cahill.
Cahill told reporters he thinks the hung jury is “total vindication.”