Updated: Kwame Jury Asks For Clarification, Fails to Reach Verdict on 6th Day
February 26th, 2013, 11:30 AM
Updated: Tuesday, 4:50 p.m. -- The jury quit around 4:30 p.m. for the day. Jurors will resume deliberations on Wednesday, unless inclement weather prevents them from meeting. Wednesday will mark the seventh day of deliberation.
After an abbreviated day on Monday due to a sick juror, the jury in the Kwame Kilpatrick trial returned for a sixth day of deliberations.
Robert Snell of the Detroit News reported that jurors had a question on Tuesday morning in regards to the wording the indictment.
The question related to wording that was slightly different in the racketeering charge against the former Detroit mayor, his father and contractor Bobby Ferguson, and an extortion count against Kilpatrick and Ferguson.
The two counts are based on the same alleged misconduct, U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds told jurors. The judge told jurors the counts are separate and independent of each other.
Snell reported that the brief hearing revealed that the foreman is a man. The jury is comprised of eight women and four men. Of those, six are white, five are black and one is Hispanic.
Judge Edmunds indicated she might let jurors go early if the weather gets bad. And if there's a big snow storm, Edmunds could cancel deliberations on Wednesday.