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Mistrial Declared In Wrongful Stent Suit; Jury Couldn't Reach Verdict On Damages

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)—The malpractice case against former St. Joseph doctor Mark Midei ended in a mistrial late Wednesday evening. Jurors failed to agree on how much to award a prominent patient who says Midei cost him tens of millions of dollars in deals.

Kai Jackson has insight on the fireworks inside the jury room.

The jury couldn't decide how much the former owners of the hospital where Dr. Mark Midei worked should have to pay so a mistrial was declared. That means the future of this case is uncertain.

After three days of deliberations at Circuit Court in Baltimore County, the jury in the civil trial of Dr. Mark Midei and his former hospital hit a roadblock. They couldn't reach a verdict and the judge declared a mistrial. There was tension in the jury room.

"As the forelady, you know the name wasn't good. It wasn't easy," said Juror #1.

In the first phase of the civil trial, a jury found Dr. Mark Midei -- formerly a cardiologist with St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson -- put unnecessary stents into Glenn Weinberg's heart. Weinberg is a former businessman with the Cordish Company. Fearing for his health, Weinberg left his position with the company.

When charges surfaced that Midei unnecessarily placed stents into other patients who didn't need them, Weinberg sued Midei and the former owners of St. Joseph for $150 million, claiming he lost out on millions of dollars from Cordish's Maryland Live! development.

"There were people there who wanted to give us all of the damages and there were people there who wanted to give us less than all of the damages and they just couldn't agree," said Weinberg's attorney, Billy Murphy.

The forewoman of the jury says the amount of the lawsuit was not the problem.

"Actually, it wasn't the amount. It was the way the verdict sheet was written," she said.

In 2011, the Board of Physicians in Maryland revoked Mark Midei's medical license.

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