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Jury ends day 6 in Bobo fraud trial without reaching verdict

TUSCALOOSA (AP) — Jurors failed to reach a verdict Thursday in the Medicaid fraud trial of prominent Tuscaloosa physician Phillip Bobo and will return Friday for a seventh day of deliberations.

On Thursday, the jury did not have any questions for the judge. But on Wednesday, a note from a juror indicated she may be at odds with other jurors.

U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn brought the jury into the courtroom about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday to address a written question from an unidentified female juror. The note said Blackburn had told jurors earlier that they would "never have to explain your verdict to anyone." The juror underlined "anyone" twice, drew a box around it and had an arrow pointing at a question: "Does this also mean that I do not have to explain to other jurors why I have reached my verdict?"

Blackburn told jurors that her earlier instructions meant that jurors would never have to explain their verdict to anyone after their deliberations are over.

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