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The CIA leak case may be "on the verge of a mistrial," as a juror has been exposed to outside media reports, MSNBC's David Shuster reports.
"The jury now, which is in its fourth day of deliberations, has a major problem which could put this entire case on the verge of a mistrial," Shuster said. "The jury foreperson sent the judge a note this morning, saying that one of the jurors in this panel had contact with news coverage of this case and used that information as part of the jury deliberations with others."
***BREAKING: There has been exposure of at least one of the jurors to media coverage of the trial. There is discussion going on in chambers with Judge Walton and counsel for both sides as to how to proceed. There will likely be individual voir dire (discussions) with each and every juror now to determine if there is a taint to the jury process. We won't know anything about whether things will proceed until that has concluded. There is a possibility of a mistrial being declared but, again, we will not know anything unless and until the judge and attorneys speak with the jury foreperson and all of the jurors, and make their determination as to how things will or will not proceed from there. More news as we get it.***