SOUTHLAND : Silberman Mistrial Declared
A federal judge declared a mistrial in the money-laundering trial of Richard T. Silberman today after the jury convicted the businessman on one count but could not agree on five others.
Silberman, 61, a former top aide to ex-Gov. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr., is accused of laundering $300,000 in two deals with an undercover FBI agent posing as an associate of Colombian drug traffickers. Silberman was convicted Thursday on one count of violating reporting laws.
But U.S. District Judge J. Lawrence Irving declared a mistrial this morning after the jury foreman told the judge that the jury remained deadlocked on the five other charges by one or two holdouts.