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Jury in Philadelphia deadlocked on charges against founder of charter schools

After seven days of deliberations, jurors in the Philadelphia fraud trial of charter school founder Dorothy June Brown have acquitted the veteran educator on six counts and said they were here hopelessly deadlocked on the remaining 54. The Philadelphia Inquirer says federal prosecutors plan to retry Brown, 76, on the counts on which jurors were deadlocked. Jurors say they voted 9-3 in favor of convicting Brown on charges that she defrauded the four charter schools she had founded of $6.5 million and then engaged in a conspiracy to obstruct justice to cover it up.

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