Jurors deliberating in the trial of former ultra-Orthodox Jewish principal Malka Leifer have been urged to push on through deliberations after revealing a “deadlock”.
The jury returned to court this morning after 14 hours of deliberations over several days to ask for advice on a deadlock situation.
“At this point in deliberations the jury seems unlikely to reach a unanimous decision on all charges,” they said in a note to Judge Mark Gamble.
They asked him for directions on dealing with a deadlock and if it was possible to use a majority vote on charges.
It’s not clear if the question related to all or just some of the charges.
Gamble said he was not satisfied they were unable to reach a unanimous decision and urged them to return to the jury room to try to resolve their differences through calm and rational examination of the evidence.
Experience has shown juries can often agree if given more time, he said.
The jury of six men and six women have resumed deliberations.