The jury in the Family Secrets mob trial has reached a verdict on some of the 18 mob murders before them but appear deadlocked on others after eight days of deliberation, the judge in case said Thursday afternoon.
U.S. District Judge James Zagel appeared likely to take what verdicts the jury had reached a decision on and announce them publicly and then poll the jurors on the remaining counts as to whether further deliberation would do any good.
Last Friday, the jury sent the judge a note, asking if it could complete deliberations if it were unanimous on some counts but not on others, the judge revealed for the first time in court.
The judge replied that they could, but only if they had exhausted all reasonable efforts.
The jury is deliberating on which of four defendants — Joseph "Joey the Clown" Lombardo, Frank Calabrese Sr., James "Little Jimmy" Marcello and Paul "The Indian" Schiro - are accountable for 18 previously unsolved murders.
All four men and a fifth defendant, crooked retired Chicago cop Anthony "Twan" Doyle, not accused of the murders, were previously convicted of racketeering for their roles in the Chicago Outfit.
If any of the four men are found to have committed a single Outfit murder by the jury, it will likely result in a life sentence for that defendant.