By Andy Metzger
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
---- — BOSTON, DEC. 11, 2012….. The co-defendant in the trial of former Treasurer Tim Cahill was acquitted Tuesday of both conspiracy counts levied against him by Attorney General Martha Coakley.
A 12-person jury returned the verdict around 12:20 p.m., about a week after they began deliberations. Jurors resumed deliberations regarding the charges against Cahill.
Scott Campbell, 41, was found not guilty of the charges that he conspired to obtain an unwarranted privilege and conspired to commit procurement fraud.
A longtime Cahill aide who rose to chief of staff of the state Treasury, Campbell joined the former Democrat’s independent gubernatorial campaign in the spring of 2010 and became campaign manager after a series of campaign defections in late September 2010.
Following the verdict, Campbell hugged supporters, including Cahill, and then made his way out of court. He declined to comment except to say he was “very happy.”
Cahill, 54, and Campbell were accused of directing the Massachusetts State Lottery to run self-promotional ads in 2010 at the behest of his gubernatorial campaign.
Each charge carries a sentence of up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Throughout the trial, Cahill and Campbell maintained their innocence, claiming the Lottery ads were a necessary response to Republican Governors Association ads that derided Cahill’s management of the state agency, saying it over-spent on cars and lobby renovations.
Cahill took the stand in his own defense in the final days of the trial, where assistant attorney general James O’Brien, chief of the public integrity division, confronted the defendant with evidence of emails between the CEO of the Lottery’s ad agency and the campaign. Campbell’s attorney Charles Rankin, described his client during the trial as a “flunky” and a mere “messenger” for the campaign.