Still no verdict in Dewey case as jurors ask judge about procedure for undecided members

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Manhattan jurors deliberating the fate of three former leaders of Dewey & LeBoeuf sent a note to the judge on Monday, asking what kind of procedure should be followed when there are undecided jurors.

Judge Robert Stolz told jurors there is no procedure to follow, though every juror must have an equal opportunity to express his or her views, the Am Law Daily reports.

Jurors also asked Stolz to clarify their duty during deliberations, and whether all the charges on the verdict sheet are “illegal acts.” Stolz responded to the question on duty by reading back part of his instructions. He responded to the “illegal acts” question by telling jurors the verdict sheet lists the crimes charged in the indictment, but some of the information is “simply identifying information” to help the jurors distinguish between counts.

Jurors entered their seventh full day of deliberations on Monday, as they considered whether Dewey leaders defrauded lenders and bond buyers about the law firm’s finances. There was still no verdict by the end of the day.

The case went to the jurors on Sept. 16, according to this story by the New York Times DealBook blog.

The Dewey leaders on trial are former chairman Steven Davis, former chief financial officer Joel Sanders, and former executive director Stephen DiCarmine.

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