- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A federal court judge in Greenbelt today declared a mistrial after jurors were unable to reach a verdict in the corruption case against Andre J. Hornsby, former chief executive officer of Prince George’s County public schools.

Judge Roger W. Titus dismissed the jury today, said Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.

Jurors last week sent a note to the judge saying they could not reach a verdict, but they were instructed to continue deliberations.

Miss Murphy said prosecutors expect to retry the case as soon as possible, but no date has been set.

Mr. Hornsby, 54, faced 16 counts of criminal misconduct in connection with charges that he steered grants and school money to companies in exchange for cash and other promised compensation.

Federal prosecutors accused Mr. Hornsby of trying to arrange more than $100,000 in kickbacks through schemes tied to a federal grant program and an inside arrangement with his live-in girlfriend.

The FBI taped Mr. Hornsby accepting a $1,000 cash payment at a hotel that authorities said was part of his take for helping guide consulting contracts for school technology to a firm run by his former associate. In return, prosecutors say, Mr. Hornsby expected payments in art, a truck and even a yacht.

Mr. Hornsby served as chief executive officer of Maryland’s second-largest school district from 2003 until 2005, when he resigned with a $125,000 severance package.