No verdict on 1st day of sport institute trial deliberations

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) Jurors deliberating in the embezzlement trial of the founder of the Rhode Island-based Institute for International Sport have ended the day without reaching a verdict.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2g3qc9W ) no verdict was reached on the first full day of deliberations in Washington County Superior Court in the trial of Dan Doyle, who created and ran the institute.

Doyle, of West Hartford, Connecticut, faces 18 counts, including embezzlement and forgery. Prosecutors say Doyle couldn't account for hundreds of thousands of dollars from state government and two philanthropists.

Defense attorney Michael Blanchard says there may be some civil liability resulting from the institute's finances, but he says it wasn't a criminal act. He has suggested the institute's board might be to blame.

The institute aims to forge international ties through sports.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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