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Judge to Anna Nicole jury: Deadlock is option

A judge has told jurors in the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy case they should not hesitate to declare a deadlock if they can't agree on verdicts.The judge made the remarks after jurors indicated in notes they are struggling to reach decisions on some charges against the former model's two doctors and boyfriend.The questions submitted Wednesday involve what the jury should do if unable to reach
/ Source: The Associated Press

A judge has told jurors in the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy case they should not hesitate to declare a deadlock if they can't agree on verdicts.

The judge made the remarks after jurors indicated in notes they are struggling to reach decisions on some charges against the former model's two doctors and boyfriend.

The questions submitted Wednesday involve what the jury should do if unable to reach a verdict on "a count or an object crime." The jury also asked whether it would be correct to conclude Smith's drugs had no legitimate medical purpose if jurors find the prescriptions were written in excessive amounts. The judge told them the answer was no.

Howard K. Stern and Drs. Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine Eroshevich are charged with conspiring to give Smith excessive drugs.