Sick Juror Sends Jury Home Early as Trial Enters 9th Week

The government corruption trial of former Governor Don Siegelman and three other defendants entered its ninth week Monday, and again the jury left early.

Lawyers were called to a meeting with Judge Mark Fuller in chambers.  They say they were not told ahead of time what the meeting was about as they converged on the courthouse for the meeting scheduled for about 2 p.m.

During the meeting, the press was told by the U.S. Marshal's Office the jury had left for the day.

Upon exiting their meeting with Judge Fuller, the lawyers would only say the meeting concerned a sick juror and that it had been agreed that the jury could go home early for the day.  Both prosecutors and defense attorneys had the same story and both said jury deliberations would resume with the same jury first thing in the morning.