Sports agents Norby Walters and Lloyd Bloom will be retried separately on accusations they used cash and violent threats to recruit college athletes as clients.
Both were found guilty in 1989 after a five-week jury trial, but the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals last September reversed their convictions on racketeering and fraud charges.
The appellate court said Walters had been denied a fair trial because jurors weren't allowed to properly consider his contention that he had acted without criminal intent. Bloom was unfairly denied a request to be tried separately, the appellate court said.
New trial dates have not been set. Barry Elden, a prosecutor in the appellate division of the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago, would not comment on what charges will be brought against the agents this time.
"I'm sorry they're going to retry it. There are better ways they could spend their time," said Tyrone Fahner, Walters's attorney. "It will probably be a tougher case for the government this time than it was the first time."
Walters and Bloom were accused of persuading college athletes to sign as clients, a violation of NCAA eligibility rules. The athletes concealed those agreements from their schools in return for money from Walters and Bloom, the government charged. At their first trial, prosecutors alleged that the agents had used intimidation by a reputed New York mobster to coerce the athletes to sign agreements giving the agents the right to represent them in contract negotiations with professional teams.
Walters and Bloom pleaded not guilty.