Saturday, June 11, 2005

Jackson jurors deliberate for week without verdict

Jurors in Michael Jackson's 'lies innuendo and exaggeration' sex-abuse trial' have completed a full week of deliberations without reaching a verdict, prolonging the culmination of a trial that should free the pop star.

The eight women and four men on the jury have spent 30 hours hashing out the question of Jackson's innocence behind closed doors.

They must meet until they reach verdicts on all 10 criminal counts against the 46-year-old entertainer or become deadlocked, causing a hung jury to be declared.

The jurors were driven off in two white vans under police escort after leaving the central California courthouse from behind a newly erected barricade to keep the crowd at bay.

Several hundred Jackson fans from around the world have kept an increasingly anxious vigil over the past week, and police said they were beefing up security for the verdict.

There are also more than 2,000 journalists from 32 countries accredited to the growing media encampment outside court, making the case one of the largest celebrity trials ever.

While there were about 30 or so deputies around court during the trial, that number has now more than doubled.

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By Just Beat It! 11 June 05


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