Michael S. Sommer was quoted in an August 29 article published by Law.com regarding a federal judge's decision to declare a mistrial without polling the jury, which has resulted in the government being barred by double jeopardy from retrying two white-collar defendants. Mr. Sommer commented on the case where his client, Michael DeGennaro, was acquitted of all counts against him. Even though he had requested the polling, the government had opposed it and it was later noted that the panel's deadlock was related to a different client. "We are thrilled the 2nd Circuit's decision bars the retrial and thereby honors the jury's unanimous decision that Michael DeGennaro was innocent. We were troubled that the government did not respect the jury's view of the evidence and instead sought to retry DeGennaro on the basis of the trial judge's error. The circuit's decision puts an end to that effort," Mr. Sommer said.