Verdict Watch: Siegelman Jury Breaks For Weekend After Reporting Deadlock

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Jurors deliberating the government corruption case against Don Siegelman and three others are on a weekend break.

They ended their seventh day of deliberations Friday without reaching a verdict.

Jurors headed home about noon while attorneys met in private with Federal Judge Mark Fuller on an issue that apparently involved security and was unrelated to the outcome of the case.

Fuller instructed jurors Thursday to resume efforts to reach a verdict after they sent him a note saying they were unable to reach unanimous agreement in the 34-count case against Siegelman, ex-HealthSouth C-E-O Richard Scrushy and two former Cabinet members.

Prosecutors claim government favors were traded for campaign donations and gifts while Siegelman was governor from 1999 to 2003 and lieutenant governor from 1995 to 1999.

Also on trial are Siegelman's former chief of staff, Paul Hamrick, and his state transportation director, Mack Roberts.

Courtesy: Associated Press

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