Jurors in the Conrad Black federal fraud trial are deadlocked after nine days of deliberation.
Black, the former CEO of Hollinger International, is accused of bilking the company out of millions of dollars, which he then used to finance a lavish lifestyle:
The jury in the racketeering and fraud trial of fallen media tycoon Conrad Black sent a note to the judge Tuesday saying they are unable to reach a verdict and asking for advice.
The note, read to the court by U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve said: "We have discussed and deliberated on all the evidence and are still unable to reach a unanimous verdict on one or more counts. Please advise."
The note, sent during their ninth day of deliberations, was signed by the jury foreman and ended with: "P.S. We have read the jury instructions very carefully."
At one time during the 1990s, Hollinger owned The Carthage Press and the Neosho Daily News.