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