November 14, 2006
CrimProf Steve Chanenson Comments on Mistrial in Fraud Case
From kentucky.com: Villanova University School of Law CrimProf Steve Chanenson recently commented on a federal judge decision to declare a mistrial in the case against Charles E. "Junior" Johnson on federal charges of fraud and conspiracy.
The motions concerning the mistrial are all under seal and the proceedings were conducted out of the public view. So the reason for the mistrial, which was granted last Thursday, is a mystery.
Johnson, a Lexington native and the founder of Las Vegas-based PurchasePro, has been on trial with three other defendants since Oct. 16 on charges stemming from the collapse of his company and deals with America Online that prosecutors charge defrauded investors of millions of dollars.
CrimProf Chanenson said that with so many things under seal, the most any observer can do is speculate. "It is unusual to let an attorney step out in the middle of a trial," Chanenson said yesterday. "It is unusual to allow a mistrial for unknown reasons, and it is unusual to have another judge take part in the proceedings." (A judge other than the trial judge held proceedings involving the Johnson case.) Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]
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