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'Desperate Housewives' jury is having trouble reaching verdict

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Nicollette Sheridan arrives at court Thursday, March 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. A jury will enter their second day of deliberations into Sheridan's claims that she was wrongfully terminated from the show during its fifth series. Her attorneys contend her forced departure from the show was retaliation for her complaining that "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry hit her during an on-set dispute, but the veteran TV writer's attorney contends it was simply business. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

The jury in Nicollette Sheridan's $6 million wrongful termination case against ABC over her firing from "Desperate Housewives" is having trouble reaching a verdict.

The foreperson for the 12-person panel, which has been considering the evidence since closing arguments ended Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles Superior Court, told the judge Thursday that they hadn't reached a verdict and were having a hard time doing so.

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Judge Elizabeth Allen White instructed the jury members to go home, sleep on their thoughts and return Friday at 10 a.m. to continue deliberating, the court's public information officer tells THR.

The jury's indecisiveness would seem to favor Sheridan, who argued during the two-week trial that she was written off the show in retaliation for complaining about being hit in the head on the set by executive producer Marc Cherry.

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During the trial, ABC presented a parade of witnesses who said that the decision to write Sheridan's character off was made in May 2008, months before the September 2008 altercation between Cherry and Sheridan. In response, Sheridan was able to produce only two witnesses whose testimony suggested the decision was made after September 2008.

The jury's inability to reach a quick verdict suggests it is weighing the evidence on both sides equally.

More to come.

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