- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - A federal judge in central Illinois has declared a mistrial in a Tennessee man’s sex case.

The News-Gazette in Champaign reports (https://bit.ly/LtBvs7) U.S. District Court Judge Michael McCuskey declared the mistrial Thursday in 36-year-old Joseph C. Harrison’s case. Harrison is accused of trying to electronically lure a Champaign teen to have sex.

The mistrial came after Harrison stopped his testimony, saying he was going to faint. The judge called a recess and Harrison collapsed in a hallway outside the courtroom. He was taken to a hospital.

The judge then issued the mistrial and ordered Harrison to receive further evaluation at a federal medical institution when he is released from the hospital.

Jurors had been chosen for the trial Monday. Harrison is charged with enticement of a minor among other counts.


Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com

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