Black Jury Deadlocked

After 8 days of deliberating, Chicago panel stumped, seeks judge's advice
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2007 3:42 PM CDT
Black Jury Deadlocked
Conrad Black arrives at the courthouse for his fraud trial in Chicago, Tuesday, July 10, 2007. The jury in Black's fraud trial appears deadlocked and has told the judge in the case they haven't been able to reach a unanimous verdict on all the counts before them. (AP PHOTO/CP,Dave Chidley)   (Associated Press)

The jury in Conrad Black's fraud and racketeering trial sent a note to the judge today saying it can't reach a verdict. After deliberating for eight days, the 12 Chicagoans appealed to Judge Amy St. Eve for advice. After huddling with the attorneys, St. Eve called jurors back to the courtroom and reread portions of the instructions on deliberations, the Financial Times reports.

Then she sent them back to keep trying. They later recessed for the day without reaching a verdict, the AP reports. Before the jury appeared, Reuters notes, St. Eve told those in the courtroom that she has sent juries back to keep deliberating two or three times before throwing in the towel. (More Conrad Black stories.)

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