John Wiley Price found not guilty in corruption trial

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas County jury has found longtime county commissioner John Wiley Price not guilty of bribery and mail fraud charges while failing to reach a verdict on other counts.

Jurors told U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn on Friday that further deliberations would not yield a verdict on tax-fraud charges against Price so she dismissed the jury and ended the trial.

A top aide to Price, Dapheny Fain, was a co-defendant in the trial, which began Feb. 27, and was acquitted of charges that included lying to the FBI.

Price was portrayed during the trial on the one hand as a hardworking public servant who helped his close friends in need, and on the other as a greedy and corrupt man who enriched himself by selling his vote on the county commissioners court.