Jury in Renee Gill Pratt racketeering trial hit another impasse this morning, defense attorney says

Date: Feb 23, 2011

The jury charged with determining the fate of former New Orleans politician Renee Gill Pratt told a federal judge this morning that they were deadlocked, not simply that they were hungry for lunch, according to her defense attorney Michael Fawer.

After obviously being told by U.S. District Court Judge Ivan Lemelle to continue deliberations, the jury worked until 4 p.m., when they asked to go home. They will reconvene Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

Fawer said the question jurors sent to Lemelle around 10 a.m. read as follows:

"After following yesterday's instructions from you we are unable to reach a decision. Where do we go from here?"

A clerk for the federal court said earlier that the jurors were asking whether they could order their mid-day meal.

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