The jury debating the fate of the Singer-Swapp defendants stayed on the job five hours beyond their normal quitting time Friday - but then went home at 10 p.m. without reaching a verdict.
Jurors seemed close to a decision, as they kept working straight through the evening, sending out for a supper of submarine sandwiches. Reporters waited in the hallway outside the courtroom of U.S. District Court Chief Judge Bruce S. Jenkins and ganged up on a defense lawyer who showed up en route to a Jazz basketball game.But at last the word came: the jury was retiring until 9 a.m. Monday.
The fact that no verdict has come after three full days of debate stirred speculation that jurors might be deadlocked, at least on some counts.
Still, the case is one of the most complex in recent years, with a total of 23 separate counts, counting each charge against each defendant. And these are weighty matters: the total possible aggregate sentence, assuming conviction on all counts, would be 220 years in prison.