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.