Mistrial declared in 3rd trial of drug conspiracy

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Associated Press

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 3:06 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 5 at 3:06 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a man charged with drug conspiracy — 2 1/2 years after his previous conviction was tossed out because police used a global positioning device to track him without a warrant.

U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle declared the mistrial Monday when jurors could not reach a verdict for Antoine Jones after more than seven days of deliberations.

Jones' first trial, in 2007, ended in a mistrial. He was convicted in a second trial and sentenced to life. But a federal appeals court reversed. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the reversal last year in a decision that prompted police to seek search warrants more often to use GPS tracking devices.

A prosecutor says the government probably will retry the case.

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