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As of noon today, the sequestered jurors -- 10 women and two men -- had deliberated about 23 hours.



Published: Thu, April 11, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



As of noon today, the sequestered jurors -- 10 women and two men -- had deliberated about 23 hours. They received the case Monday afternoon.

On Wednesday, the jury decided to go out for lunch, accompanied by U.S. marshals; lunch was delivered Tuesday, their first full day of deliberations.

Jurors ended their day trying to reach a verdict shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The trial began Feb. 5 with jury selection. The prosecution called 55 witnesses. Traficant called 31 witnesses, three of whom Judge Wells determined could not testify based on relevance or hearsay.

Charges: The 60-year-old congressman faces four counts of conspiracy to commit bribery, two counts of tax evasion, and one count each of accepting an illegal gratuity, obstruction of justice, conspiracy to defraud the United States and racketeering.

Traficant, in Congress since 1985, is accused of cheating on his taxes, taking kickbacks, compelling staffers to do work at his 76-acre horse farm in Greenford, accepting bribes and gifts from businessmen and using his influential position to provide favors instead of paying contractors for work at the farm.

If convicted, he likely faces four to six years in prison under the sentencing guidelines.




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