Judge declares mistrial for former Mass. treasurer

December 12, 2012 -- 4:52PM

BOSTON (AP) -- A judge has declared a mistrial in former Massachusetts treasurer Tim Cahill's corruption case after jurors failed to reach a verdict during seven days of deliberations.

Cahill was accused of scheming to run $1.5 million in taxpayer-funded ads for the state lottery as a means of promoting his sinking 2010 campaign for governor.

He testified that he approved the advertising blitz because he wanted to defend the lottery after the Republican Governors Association ran a series of negative ads attacking him and his management of the lottery.

Former Chief of Staff Scott Campbell was acquitted Tuesday. The judge said Wednesday she was confident jurors had deliberated thoroughly in Cahill's case.

State Attorney General Martha Coakley says she has not decided whether Cahill will be retried.