Jurors in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial are apparently deadlocked on the most serious charges against the once powerful hollywood producer. In a note written to the judge on Friday, jurors asked if they could be hung on two counts while reaching a unanimous verdict on the other charges. Michael George reports.
After four days of deliberation, the jury asked if it could reach a verdict on three charges but remain hung on one or both of the other two. The judge said he will not accept a partial verdict for now.
Jurors in Harvey Weinstein trial have asked the judge whether or not they could be hung on the two most serious counts and unanimous on the other three. Nikki Battiste joins CBSN from outside the courtroom.
The jury deliberating in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial indicated Friday that it is deadlocked on the most serious charges. In a note sent to the judge during their lunch break, jurors posed a question asking if it were permissible for them to be hung on two counts of predatory sexual assault while reaching a unanimous verdict on other charges. After consulting with prosecutors and Weinstein's lawyers, Judge James Burke told the jury of seven men and five women to keep working toward a unanimous verdict on all charges and sent them back to continue deliberating. Weinstein's lawyers said they would accept a partial verdict, but prosecutors said no and Burke refused to do so. The jury, in its fourth day of deliberations, has been particularly focused on the key aspect of both predatory sexual assault counts: "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra's allegations that Weinstein raped and forcibly performed oral sex on her in the mid-1990s. Jurors started the day Friday by listening to a ...