Mississippi mayoral election case ends in mistrial

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A jury trial over a lawsuit contesting the results of a Mississippi mayoral election has ended in a mistrial and left incumbent Johnny DuPree, who was the 2011 Democratic nominee for governor, in office for now.

The proceedings ended in a mistrial Tuesday night, following seven days of court proceedings surrounding the lawsuit involving the June 4 Hattiesburg mayoral election.

Dave Ware, who lost the general election by 37 votes, needed nine of 12 jurors to reach a verdict that he had won the most legal votes in the election.

The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/12H9gNO) that while jurors initially returned a verdict 9-3 in Ware's favor, only eight sided with Ware when jurors were polled individually in open court. Judge William Coleman then polled the jurors in private and an 8-4 verdict was again returned.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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