The jury in the trial of Rancho Cucamonga city councilman and former Assessor employee Rex Gutierrez announced it was at an impasse Wednesday afternoon.

Superior Court Judge Duke D. Rouse declared a mistrial and sent the jury home after being informed a unanimous verdict could not be reached.

The jury, consisting of 11 women and 1 man, could not reach a verdict on any of the felony charges, consisting of two counts of grand theft and one count of filing a false claim.

Today was the third day of deliberations.

It will be interesting to know jury feedback regarding credibility of witnesses in the case. This outcome doesn’t bode well for central witness Adam Aleman. Aleman is at the center of every case alleging corruption in county government being prosecuted by District Attorney Mike Ramos and California Attorney General Edmund “Jerry” Brown.

The non-verdict in the Gutierrez case raises serious questions regarding the theories, motivations, and cost of the various investigations.

Out of all the political corruption cases the Gutierrez matter easily posed the best chance of a conviction for Ramos and Brown.

It didn’t happen here.

Defense attorney Jim Reiss had over twelve hours of impeachment material to use on Aleman. He only used an hour and a half.

Expect Ramos and Brown to request a re-trial.

Brown is stuck in a mess Ramos created.