Colorado businessman set for retrial over border wall end

A Colorado businessman returns to New York Monday for a retrial on charges that he cheated thousands of donors to a $25 million online crowdfunding “We Build The Wall” campaign to construct a wall along the southern US border.

Timothy Shea’s first trial ended in early June without a verdict when jurors informed the judge that continuing to deliberate would leave them “further entrenched in our opposing views.”

The case once included Steve Bannon, a onetime top adviser to former President Trump, as well as a defendant. Trump pardoned Bannon just before leaving office last year. Two others charged in the case pleaded guilty.

The deadlocked jury came days after 11 jurors sent a note to the judge claiming one juror was politically biased against the government and in favor of Shea after labeling the rest of the jurors as liberals and complaining the trial should have been held in a southern state.

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Timothy Shea exits Manhattan federal court after his court case was declared a mistrial on June 7, 2022, in New York.  The Colorado businessman returns to New York on Monday, Oct.  24, 2022, for a retrial on charges that he cheated thousands of donors to a $25 million online crowdfunding

Timothy Shea exits Manhattan federal court after his court case was declared a mistrial on June 7, 2022, in New York. The Colorado businessman returns to New York on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, for a retrial on charges that he cheated thousands of donors to a $25 million online crowdfunding “We Build The Wall” campaign to build a wall along the southern US border.
(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Jury selection for the second trial begins Monday morning in a Manhattan federal court.

Last month, Judge Analisa Torres rejected Shea’s request to move the trial to Colorado on the grounds that “political polarization” in New York and publicity about his first trial made it impossible for him to get a fair result in Manhattan.

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Crews construct a section of border wall in San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge, Tuesday, Dec.  8, 2020, in Douglas, Arizona.  President Biden on Wednesday ordered a

Crews construct a section of border wall in San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Douglas, Arizona. President Biden on Wednesday ordered a “pause” on all wall construction within a week.
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She wrote that a jury note in his first trial might have indicated that differences in political opinions affected the jury’s deliberations, but he had not shown that those differences reflected a prejudice against him. Additionally, she said he had not explained why “political polarization” would be less pronounced in Colorado or anywhere else.

Shea, of Castle Rock, Colorado, has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and falsification of records charges lodged against him after questions arose about how donations were spent from a campaign that raised about $25 million for a wall. Only a few miles of wall were built.

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Former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon is handcuffed as he enters a New York state court in Manhattan.  He pleaded not guilty to charges related to that

Former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon is handcuffed as he enters a New York state court in Manhattan. He pleaded not guilty to charges related to the “We Build the Wall” fundraiser. Sept. 8, 2022
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Prosecutors said Shea and other fund organizers promised investors that all donations would fund a wall, but Shea and the others eventually pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars for themselves.

Shea’s lawyers said he acted honorably in the fundraising campaign and did not commit a crime.

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Shea owns an energy drink company, Winning Energy, whose can have featured a cartoon superhero image of Trump and claim to contain “12 oz. of liberal tears.”