Siegelman jurors remain deadlocked

Siegelman jurors remain deadlocked

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Jurors remained deadlocked Tuesday after nine days of deliberations in the government trial of former Governor Don Siegelman and three others.

Given a note from the jury foreman, U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller said the jurors were still unable to agree on a verdict and that some were described as being - quote -- "lackadaisical" -- end quote - and not participating in deliberations.

The judge sent the jury home with a reminder of its obligations.

He said he would have written instructions Wednesday morning to encourage it to reach consensus.

Jurors have been at an impasse after hearing the testimony of more than 75 witnesses in the complex case against Siegelman, his former chief of staff Paul Hamrick, his former state transportation director Mack Roberts and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy.

Fuller also said he would ask the foreman to report back on progress and whether extended deliberations would be fruitful.

Jurors last week told Fuller they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

The judge, who earlier said they could reach a partial verdict in the 34-count indictment, instructed them then to continue working.