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'Junior Gotti' jury signals deadlock - again

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Jurors at the racketeering trial of John "Junior" Gotti say they are deadlocked but the judge has asked them to resume trying to reach an unanimous verdict.

The jurors notified federal Judge Kevin Castel on Tuesday afternoon that they could not reach a verdict. He read them a so-called Allen charge, telling them to try again because no future jury would be in better position to decide the case.

Last Thursday, jurors also said they were deadlocked.

Prosecutors say Gotti, son of the late infamous mob boss, ordered or participated in several brutal attacks since the 1980s, including several murders.

Attorneys for Gotti say he quit the Mafia in 1999 and never participated in murders.

Gotti's three previous trials ended in hung juries.

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