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The judge in the federal corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens dismissed the jury Friday morning after a female juror left for California to deal with the death of her father.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan asked attorneys in the case to join him in a telephone conversation with juror No. 4 at 5 p.m. Sunday in his chambers to find out when she plans to return to Washington.

If she comes back after Tuesday, Sullivan indicated he might support replacing her with an alternate juror, but acknowledged that would cause an unwanted delay. Each time someone is added to the jury, deliberations have to begin anew. The jury began deliberations at noon Wednesday. Read full article »

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