SHERMAN, Tex. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered a new trial for a former Dallas-area mayor and the developer she later married, both of whom were convicted in March of bribery and fraud in a public corruption case while she was in office.
Former mayor Laura Maczka and Mark Jordan married in 2017. A 2018 indictment says Jordan paid Maczka, while mayor from May 2013 through April 2015, about $58,000 plus travel costs and other luxury benefits. He received the mayor's support for zoning changes for new housing in Richardson.
Both could have been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. But U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant of Sherman ruled Thursday that a court security officer's conversation with a juror anxious over being the lone holdout on a verdict could have been prejudicial.
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