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Jury returns split verdict in Newton’s campaign finance case

Ernie Newton walks out of court (Hugh McQuaid photo)
Ernie Newton walks out of court (Hugh McQuaid photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A jury reached a split verdict Friday in former Bridgeport state Sen. Ernie Newton’s corruption trial, finding him guilty of illegal campaign practices, not guilty of witness tampering, and reaching no verdict on two larceny charges.

Newton, a Democrat who previously resigned from his office and served time in federal prison for accepting a bribe, has been on trial facing charges he broke campaign finance laws in an effort to recapture his old seat.

After less than six hours of deliberation, a six-person jury declared an impasse Friday on the most serious of the charges facing Newton — two first-degree larceny counts stemming from Newton’s receipt of an $80,000 public campaign finance grant in 2012. The state claimed he obtained the money fraudulently by misrepresenting his qualifying contributions.

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  1. Oldtimer

    It is sad that Newton, after a previous conviction, didn’t learn that he needed to stay on the straight and narrow. Now, a second conviction so soon after, is likely to get him a maximum sentence as most judges have very little sympathy for second offenders. There is a serious risk federal prosecutors will pursue a second trial on the larceny charges.

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