- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A jury on Tuesday failed to reach a verdict on key charges in the federal fraud trial of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley and acquitted him on the single count where they could agree. Here is reaction to those developments:

“Unfortunately, the people of Washington state do not yet have much-needed closure to Troy Kelley’s ongoing legal battles. Like everyone else, we are waiting to see what the prosecutors do next. Regardless of the outcome in court today, serious questions remain about Troy Kelley’s ability to successfully fulfill his role as state auditor. Jan Jutte and the auditor’s staff have done a commendable job these past months in his absence. Washingtonians deserve a leader focused fully on overseeing the agency’s important work.” - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

“This is a case that should never have been brought…The jury’s inability to come to a verdict … shows to us Troy is on the right path to vindication.” - Angelo Calfo, one of Kelley’s attorneys.

“My office will thoroughly review the counts that the jury deadlocked on before making a decision about our next steps in this case.” - Seattle U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes.

“The jury has made its decision, but the public trust has been violated. The elected office of state auditor has been sullied by Mr. Kelley’s trial. He should do the right thing and resign and give the electorate and the state auditor’s office a chance to heal and move forward.” - Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville.

“The people of Washington deserve the chance to elect a new auditor, untainted by allegations of fraud and obstruction. Troy’s selfishness has made the office a running joke on both sides of the aisle in Olympia, so our next State Auditor needs to be effective on day 1.” - Rep. Drew Stokesbary, a Republican from Auburn who had co-sponsored an impeachment resolution that the Legislature never took action on.

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