Nev. judge de­clares mistrial in for­mer hospi­tal CEO’s trial

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A Ne­vada judge de­clared a mistrial in the case against Lacy Thomas, a for­mer CEO of Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Las Ve­gas ac­cused of felony theft and mis­con­duct. Ac­cord­ing to a spokesman for the Clark County Courts, Judge Michael Vil­lani said he stopped the jury trial af­ter two weeks of pro­ceed­ings be­cause pros­e­cu­tors failed to turn over cer­tain doc­u­ments to the de­fense. The district at­tor­ney’s of­fice has asked for a new trial, and a hear­ing is set for April 8. Thomas was in­dicted in Fe­bru­ary 2008 (Feb. 25, 2008, p. 4) and pleaded not guilty to the charges. Pros­e­cu­tors al­lege he drained $10 mil­lion from the 575-bed pub­lic hospi­tal as he handed out no-work and no-bid con­tracts to for­mer as­so­ci­ates in Chicago, where he had been di­rec­tor of Cook County-run John H. Stroger Jr. Hospi­tal.

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