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Ebbers jury quits for the weekend

The jurors spent about five hours deliberating and asked to review evidence and testimony.

Associated Press
Published March 5, 2005


NEW YORK - A jury began deliberations but did not reach a verdict Friday in the trial of former WorldCom chief Bernard Ebbers, accused of orchestrating the $11-billion accounting scheme that bankrupted the company.

The panel of seven women and five men spent about five hours discussing the case before adjourning for the week. They were to resume deliberations Monday morning.

Just before going home, the jury sent a note asking to review more than three dozen exhibits and chunks of testimony from the trial, including some key testimony from star prosecution witness Scott Sullivan.

Sullivan, who was chief financial officer under Ebbers, testified that Ebbers pressured him into falsifying financial records at WorldCom from 2000 to 2002.

Jurors also asked to review the transcript of a 2001 voice mail in which Sullivan warns Ebbers that WorldCom's numbers have "accounting fluff" in them.

The defense has argued the voice mail was referring to ways WorldCom counted revenue and represented nothing illegal.

[Last modified March 5, 2005, 00:41:15]


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