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Juror cell-phone use leads to new trial for former alderman

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) - A juror's use of a cell phone to talk with her family during deliberations in the trial of an alderman accused of theft has resulted in a mistrial after the jury convicted the man - but without starting deliberations following that juror's replacement.

Clarence Richardson, who served on the City Council of West Helena before it was merged with its neighboring city to create Helena-West Helena, was accused of accepting a salary for a period after the City of West Helena ceased to exist. The money was paid out before the merger.

Jurors who heard the case pronounced Richardson guilty on May 29, but only after one juror was replaced following a hearing by Phillips County Circuit Judge L.T. Simes (SIMZ) II.       No date has been set for a new trial.

 

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