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Posted: Thursday, June 26th, 2014 12:09 PM HST

Judge denies death penalty deliberations motion

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) A federal judge has denied a request for a mistrial from defense attorneys who say jurors are taking too long to decide a sentence for a former Hawaii-based soldier facing the death penalty.

The motion by Naeem Williams' attorneys argues for a mistrial because the jury hasn't reached a decision after six full days.

U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright said during a hearing Wednesday that the defense would call for a mistrial even if the jury reached a decision quickly.

The motion also accused a juror of violating orders by posting information online.

Seabright says the two Facebook posts didn't violate any rules. Seabright says the juror posted about being on a jury for a long time but didn't mention specifics about the case.



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