Lukens’ Bribery Trial Ends With Hung Jury

Former Rep. Donald Lukens’ bribery trial ended Thursday with a hung jury.

The same U.S. District Court jury that found the Ohio Republican innocent of three bribery charges deadlocked on the biggest bribery count and a conspiracy count.

Prosecutor Thomas Eicher said he intended to seek a new trial on the two remaining counts. Defense lawyer Harvey Volzer said he would seek a judgment of acquittal based on insufficient evidence.

The jury deadlocked on a conspiracy count and a bribery count alleging Lukens’ acceptance of $15,000 from the operators of an Ohio trade school on whose behalf the then-congressman later contacted a federal agency.

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