PIRACY | U.S. jury deliberations finish day 1

Jurors have concluded a full day of deliberations in Virginia [in the USA] without reaching a verdict in the trial of five Somali men accused of launching a pirate attack on a U.S. Navy ship.

Jurors met for about 7 1/2 hours Tuesday in Norfolk. They are scheduled to resume deliberations Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

The jury emerged once late in the day to ask a question about the 14 charges. They then told Judge Mark S. Davis they would not be able to reach a verdict.

The piracy trial is believed to be the first in the U.S. since the Civil War. If jurors convict the men of piracy, the defendants face a mandatory life term in prison.

Source: Washington Post



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