Jury resumes talks in Calif. corruption case

GREG RISLING
March 21, 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The jury in the Bell, Calif., civic corruption trial has resumed deliberations on undecided counts even though one juror indicated an earlier guilty verdict may have been improper.

Jurors on Wednesday returned a mix of guilty and not-guilty verdicts for a former mayor and four former City Council members, while acquitting a sixth defendant.

Jurors were unable to decide 10 other counts of misappropriation of public funds and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy told them to resume deliberations Thursday.

Before resumption of talks, one juror sent Kennedy a note saying the pressure and stress of a trial may have resulted in an "improper verdict."

The judge, however, has ordered the panel to move forward on the remaining counts.