Jury resumes talks in Calif. corruption case

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Luis Artiga reacts after being acquitted on all charges in the Bell corruption trial on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Los Angeles.  Five former elected officials were convicted of multiple counts of misappropriation of public funds.  Former Mayor Oscar Hernandez and co-defendants George Cole, Teresa Jacobo, George Mirabal,  and Victor Belo were all convicted of multiple counts and acquitted of others.  The charges against them involved paying themselves inflated salaries of up to $100,000 a year in the city of 36,000 people, where one in four residents live below the poverty line.   (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Irfan Khan, Pool)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The jury in the Bell, Calif., civic corruption trial has resumed deliberations on undecided counts even though one juror indicated an earlier guilty verdict may have been improper.

Jurors on Wednesday returned a mix of guilty and not-guilty verdicts for a former mayor and four former City Council members, while acquitting a sixth defendant.

Jurors were unable to decide 10 other counts of misappropriation of public funds and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy told them to resume deliberations Thursday.

Before resumption of talks, one juror sent Kennedy a note saying the pressure and stress of a trial may have resulted in an "improper verdict."

The judge, however, has ordered the panel to move forward on the remaining counts.

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