Mistrial declared in Atway-Cochran case

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A federal judge declared a mistrial in the case of two lawyers from the Valley Monday.

According to a public information officer for the U.S. District Court in Northern Ohio, a judge declared a mistrial in the case of Neil Atway and Scott Cochran, of extortion and other charges. They were indicted in February 2014, along with one of their clients, after being accused of demanding money from another man, as well as lying to the FBI.

The judge declared a mistrial after receiving a piece of communication from the jury. WKBN is following up with court officials Monday to see what type of communication that was.

Atway, 47, of Youngstown and Cochran, 43, of Austintown, are partners at a downtown Youngstown law firm.

The FBI alleged that Mohd Rawhneh, 54, of Boardman, with the assistance of Atway and Cochran, obtained and attempted to obtain things of value from a man who owns several convenience stores in the Youngstown area.

Jurors in the case began their deliberations in March of 2014.

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