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Mistrial declared in child porn case in Minot

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Published: Nov. 22, 2019 at 6:29 PM CST
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A Minot judge declared a mistrial Friday in the felony jury trial of a man accused of uploading pornographic images of children to Twitter.

Prosecutors had charged Richard L. Thompson with 10 counts of possession of certain materials prohibited.

The case stemmed from a tip in April of 2017 from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

According to Judge Richard Hagar’s ruling, “a circumstance developed with members of the Jury requiring a ruling by the Court.”

The exact reason for the mistrial is unclear. The jury’s notes to the judge are not being made public at this time.

It’s unclear whether the case will be retried. The parties have until Dec. 20 to set a new trial.

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