Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez Acquitted of 1 Charge; Jury Deadlocked on 5 other Counts (Flashback 1996)
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Jury Fails to Decide Florida Mayor’s Case
May 14, 1996
MIAMI, May 13— Even though it acquitted Mayor Raul L. Martinez of Hialeah, Fla., of a conspiracy charge, a Federal jury in his third racketeering trial today said it had deadlocked on five other counts.
Mr. Martinez, 47, was accused of taking $182,000 in payoffs from developers who received favorable zoning decisions.
His first trial, in 1991, ended in a conviction that was overturned on appeal. His second trial ended in a hung jury on March 26. Prosecutors did not say if they planned to try him a fourth time.
The jurors in the latest case deliberated nearly four days before telling Judge James Kehoe of Federal District Court that they could reach agreement on only one count.
“Of course, we are disappointed that he wasn’t cleared on the counts,” said Jose Quinon, a lawyer for Mr. Martinez. “But we are glad that the jury in its verdict on the one count saw justice in this case.”
The defense had rested last week without calling a witness. Mr. Quinon introduced only documents and photographs as evidence and contended that the Government had not proved that Mr. Martinez was guilty of anything.
Mr. Martinez was charged with three counts each of conspiracy and racketeering.