Pregnant Pause At Quattrone Trial

Just when it looked as if the Judge in the Quattrone case was going to get tough with the jury, deliberations have been suspended for a few days because the wife of one of the jurors is giving birth to a first-born.

Judge Richard Owen seemed set to hand down a so-called Allen charge to the jury on Monday - basically banging the heads of the jury together and urging them to come to a consensus. They left in deadlock on Friday, when it is thought that two of their number could not agree with the rest.

Now the trial has come to a temporary halt. Already down to 11 jurors, as one left on the first day after a close family member suffered a heart-attack, now there are 10. Trial rules are such that deliberations cannot continue with just 10 jurors.

Unless the jury stalemale is soon resolved, and the new parent returns, a new trial looks on the cards. And Quattrone's lawyers will not be unhappy. Not only will an action replay provide Quattrone's brief with an opportunity to coach him to put on a better performance on the stand, but there will be a different trial judge. Judge Owen, it seems, has not been the easiest man the defense lawyers have ever had to deal with.

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