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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature. Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

9th Circuit Declines To Hear Troy Kelley's Double Jeopardy Claim

Austin Jenkins
Northwest News Network

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has been dealt a setback by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel Tuesday declined to hear Kelley’s claim of double jeopardy.

Kelley faces a retrial next year on charges related to his past real estate services business. Kelley’s first trial earlier this year ended with the jury acquitting him of one count but deadlocking on the remaining 14 charges.

Kelley was charged with possession of stolen property, money laundering, making false statements and filing false tax returns. Prosecutors accused Kelley of pocketing more than $3 million in homeowner fees that should have been refunded.

Kelley’s legal team says it is reviewing its options. The Democrat did not run for re-election and will leave office in January.

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."