Federal court jury reports deadlock in Siegelman bribery trial

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The federal jury in the government corruption trial of former Governor Don Siegelman and three others says it's deadlocked after six days of deliberations.

Jurors sent a note to U-S District Judge Mark Fuller saying they could not reach a unanimous verdict in the 34-count case against Siegelman, former HealthSouth C-E-O Richard Scrushy and two former Siegelman Cabinet members.

Siegelman's attorneys asked Fuller to declare a mistrial, but the judge declined.

He gave jurors instructions designed to encourage them to reach agreement and continue deliberations.

The judge said it was not unusual for jury deliberations to last longer than five days in a case this complex.

Deliberations began last week after 32 days of testimony and arguments.

The judge also turned down a request from a prosecutor, who asked him to further explain to jurors whether a campaign contribution could be considered a thing of value.

Prosecutors objected to the answer Fuller gave when jurors asked that question shortly after they began deliberations.

Courtesy: Associated Press