The jury in the criminal trial against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manaforton Tuesday sent a note to the judge asking what they should do if they can’t come to a consensus on a single count.
The note suggests that the jury is having difficulty coming to a conclusion on at least one of the 18 counts facing Manafort, though it does not mean they have not come to conclusions on other counts.
Federal District Judge T.S. Ellis III reconvened the court shortly before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, saying that the jury had sent the note.The jurors asked what they should do “if we can’t come to a consensus on a single count,” Ellis said.
They also asked what that means for their final verdict and said they would need a new verdict sheet.
The jury is in their fourth day of deliberations in the trial, the first test in court for special counsel Robert Mueller‘s team of prosecutors.
The note left people watching the court case closely guessing at its meaning.
While it could mean that the jury has reached a verdict on 17 of the 18 counts facing Manafort, it could also mean they have failed to reach a verdict on any of the counts.