July 10, 2007. Nine days after they started their deliberations, the jury in the Conrad Black trial informed Judge Amy St. Eve that they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.
A note to the judge signed by the jury foreman states, "We have discussed and deliberated on all the evidence and are still unable to reach a unanimous verdict on one or more counts. Please advise..."
The judge consulted with the prosecution and defence lawyers about what they think she should do. The defence lawyers said they preferred an immediate partial verdict, while the prosecution lawyers said they preferred that the deliberations continue.
The judge stated that she has in the past sent juries back two or three times to continue deliberations.
The judge then called the jury in and asked them to continue their deliberations.