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Mistrial in case of former Va. State Police captain accused of rape

A judge in Chesterfield County has declared a mistrial and chastised a jury for wasting taxpayers' money in the case of a retired State Police captain accused of raping a young girl.

Circuit Judge Frederick G. Rockwell III dismissed the jury Tuesday after receiving a handwritten note from a juror during deliberations.

The note said the jury was at an impasse and alleged conflicts of interest among three jurors, including one who knew details of retired State Police Capt. Edward L. Hope Jr.'s arrest that were not mentioned at trial.

Hope was on trial on charges of rape, sodomy and sexual penetration of a minor.

Hope and the girl's family declined comment after the mistrial was declared. Hope's attorney, Craig S. Cooley, called the decision “a huge disappointment.”

-- Richmond Times-Dispatch

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 26, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Virginia  
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