October 22, 2008 12:22 AM

Stevens jury is deliberating, but finds the task stressful

The jury in the trial Sen. Ted Stevens began deliberating shortly after the judge read it 81 pages of instructions detailing what conclusions jurors must reach to find the 84-year-old Alaska Republican guilty of lying on his Senate financial-disclosure forms. After several hours, the jury sent a note to the judge saying it wanted to go home early. Paraphrasing, the judge said, "Kind of stressful right now. We need a minute of clarity right now."

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