PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge declared a mistrial in an embezzlement and bribery case against two acquitted men along with a Philadelphia council member and his wife in a separate case last week.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Monday’s decision came after a juror in the case against Rahim Islam and Shahied Dawan contracted COVID-19 and no substitute was available due to high turnover during the trial. one month. Prosecutors suggested continuing with just 11 jurors, an option allowed by Federal Court rules, but defense attorneys did not consent.

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