The Associated Press - April 20, 2011
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal jury has reached a split verdict in the corruption trial of a former Philadelphia police official. Jurors announced Wednesday that they had found Daniel Castro, a former inspector who aspired to be police commissioner, guilty of lying to the FBI. They found him not guilty on an extortion count and deadlocked on the remaining eight charges. The 47-year-old Castro was accused of scheming to hire strong-arm collectors to shake down a former business partner in a failed real estate deal. Last week, he broke down on the stand and testified that he approved the use of a debt collector who would use violence to recover $90,000. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office says prosecutors have not decided whether to retry Castro on the charges on which the jury deadlocked.