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Bell trial comes to bizarre end [Video discussion]

March 21, 2013 |  5:33 pm


The Bell trial came to a dramatic -- and bizarre -- end Thursday.

Times reporters Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives will discuss the case in a video chat at 5:45 p.m.

A judge declared a mistrial on all outstanding counts, saying “all hell has broken loose” with the deeply divided jury.

An exasperated Judge Kathleen Kennedy drew the case to a close after a bizarre day in which one juror asked to reconsider the guilty verdicts reached Wednesday. Then, an anonymous juror passed a note to Kennedy urging her to “remind the jury to remain respectful and not to make false accusations and insults to one another.”

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The jurors asked to be escorted out of the courthouse by security officers and declined to speak about the case.

Even defense attorneys were stunned by the turn of events in the downtown Los Angeles courtroom.

“The verdicts came out and then it got weird,” said Stanley L. Friedman, who represents one of the accused former city leaders.


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