Bittersweet vindication for Cahill

The jury in the trial of former state treasurer Timothy Cahill consisted of a cross-section of the community, and was seated through the combined efforts of all attorneys involved, both prosecution and defense. Justice was served in the mistrial (“Mistrial,” Page A1, Dec. 13). Cahill was vindicated.

The fact that the jury was deadlocked arises from a direct, and proper, result of their charge: to apply the evidence and testimony from the trial to the 2009 corruption law. This is how the system is supposed to work. If the prosecution cannot carry its burden of proof to the entire jury, the jury correctly should not convict.


The Globe ran a story in the same edition, speculating about the impact this trial might have on future political plans for Attorney General Martha Coakley. The device does not exist that can measure my indifference as to whether Coakley’s political career has been thrown into limbo because of the hung jury. The truth is, her life continues relatively unchanged. But at which window does Cahill stop on the way out of the courthouse in order to get his life back?

Frederick D. Smith Jr.


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