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Palin jury still out after two days of deliberating

Jim Balloch • Apr 29, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Unable to reach a verdict after two days, jurors were to try again this morning to decide the fate of former University of Tennessee student David C. Kernell, charged with illegally accessing the personal e-mail account of 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, jurors sent word to U.S. District Court Judge Thomas W. Phillips that they wanted to adjourn for the day and return today to resume deliberations. Minutes later, panelists filed into the courtroom, the faces of several appearing tight.

Thomas sent them home around 4:30 p.m. after renewing his instructions to avoid all media accounts of the highly publicized case. He made no inquiry as to how close they were to a verdict. They are to return by 9 a.m. today. Jurors have debated Kernell's guilt for about 10 hours since Tuesday.

Read the full report at the Knoxville News Sentinel Web site.

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