HOUSTON (AP) -- Jurors trying to reach a verdict in Arthur Andersen LLP's obstruction of justice trial resumed deliberations Thursday, a day after telling the judge they were deadlocked in their seventh day of discussions.
"There is no reason to believe that the case could ever be submitted to 12 men and women more conscientious, more impartial, or more competent to decide it," U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon told the panel late Wednesday.
The note to the judge, the first communication from jurors since Harmon denied their request for a dictionary Sunday, said, "We are not able to reach a unanimous decision."
But jurors who had already deliberated nearly 57 hours had shown no outward signs of emotion as they filed into Harmon's courtroom.
The Andersen accounting firm is accused of shredding documents and wiping out computer records related to Enron Corp. last year to thwart a Securities and Exchange Commission probe of the energy company's accounting practices.
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