December 4 2009
As of this afternoon the jury for the Hal Turner trial is in deadlock and Judge Donald Walter sent them back for deliberation.
Jury deadlocked in case of North Bergen shock jock Hal Turner
Friday, December 4, 2009
BY MIKE KELLY
BROOKLYN, N.Y.– Jurors in the trial of hate radio shock jock and FBI informant Hal Turner of North Bergen said this afternoon that they are “hopelessly deadlocked.”
Hal Turner, second from left, arrives at Brooklyn Federal Court Friday morning for possible closing arguments.
After deliberating about two hours, the jury sent a note to U.S. District Court Judge Donald Walter at 3:20 p.m. saying that their voting on Turner’s guilt had not changed.
“We are hopelessly deadlocked,” Judge Walter said, reading the jury’s note on yellow legal paper. “Time will not change our vote.”
Walter summoned the jury into the courtroom and urged them to continue talking.
“This is an important case,” Walter told the jurors. “This trial has been expensive in time and money.”