Judge Declares Mistrial After 5 Hours of Deliberation in Case Against Former Philly Narcotics Officer

By Kenneth Lipp

Common Pleas Judge Diana L. Anhalt declared a mistrial in the case against Gov. Corbett’s former son-in-law and also former Philadelphia Police Narcotics officer Gerold Gibson.  Gibson was fired last year after allegedly taking $140 in marked money during an FBI and Police Department sting.

Gerold Gibson

Gerold Gibson

The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Judge Anhalt declared the mistrial Friday afternoon after the jury indicated it was “hopelessly deadlocked.” The jury went out Friday morning, and  was released by the judge after only five hours of deliberation.

Read Mistrial in theft case of Gov. Corbett’s ex-son-in-law Gerold Gibson at the Philly Daily News.

About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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