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Cahill outcome’s effect uncertain for Coakley

Attorney General Martha Coakley suffered a setback Wednesday when she did not secure a conviction against Timothy P. Cahill, the former state treasurer who left the Democratic Party in a quixotic bid for governor.

But the amount of the damage from the hung jury and its long-term effects on Coakley’s political ­career sparked a debate among political and legal analysts.

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