The jury in the bingo corruption case has finished its fourth day of deliberations in the case without a verdict. Deliberations began Friday, and continued all day Saturday and on Sunday afternoon.
Just before 5 p.m. on Friday, jurors sent a note to U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson. In the note, the jury requested to begin deliberations at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, instead of at 8 a.m.
“The answer is yes,” Thompson told the jury. He also told the jury that they don’t need his permission to change their deliberation schedule–they only have to notify him.
Watch McGregor attorney Joe Espy’s comment on the jury’s note here.
The twelve jurors — six African-American women, five white women, and the foreperson, a white male — are charged with deciding the fate of Victoryland owner Milton McGregor and eight others charged with conspiring to buy and sell votes to pass pro-gambling legislation in 2009 and 2010.
The case includes mounds of evidence from 17 government witnesses and one defense-called witness. Through the use of a computer, jurors are able to listen to recordings of dozens of wiretapped telephone calls introduced in the more than 30 days of testimony in the case. The jury computer does not have access to the internet.
On Saturday, jurors sent their first question to the judge, asking for a definition of “unlawful plan.” U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson wondered aloud if that question — which pertains to the conspiracy count, count one of the 37 remaining counts in the case — meant that the jurors were still deliberating the first count of the indictment.
The fifth day of deliberations will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
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