Jury in Bujak trial fails to reach a verdict

Jury in Bujak trial fails to reach a verdict

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by KTVB & Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 9 at 11:50 AM

CALDWELL -- A Canyon County jury is deadlocked in the trial of former county Prosecutor John Bujak.

Bujak is accused of illegally taking public money from the county while he was in office.

The jury deliberated for more than nine hours Wednesday, and then took up deliberations at 9 a.m. Thursday.  Just before 5 p.m. jurors told 3rd District Court Judge G.D. Carey that they were sharply divided over a verdict.

Prosecutors say Bujak mishandled money from a contract to prosecute misdemeanors in Nampa.

Bujak, who acted as his own attorney, countered during his trial that money exceeding the amount necessary to pay his county staff to cover Nampa cases belonged to him.

If convicted, Bujak could have faced up to 14 years in prison.

The jury has now been dismissed. With this deadlock, prosecutors must decide whether to abandon the case -- or try for a new trial.

Bujak is also currently facing other felony charges, including falsifying evidence and grand theft. Both those trials are set for later this year.

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