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Partial verdicts reached in police corruption trial

April 9, 2003

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— A jury sent word to a judge Tuesday that it has reached verdicts in the cases of seven of 11 Miami police officers accused of corruption. The judge said the verdicts would remain sealed and sent jurors back to work.

In a note, jurors also told U.S. District Judge Alan Gold that they had reached a verdict on some charges against an eighth officer but deadlocked on the other three. They are in their 11th day of deliberations.

After consulting with the lawyers involved in the case, Gold didn't open the sealed envelope holding the verdicts. Instead, he called jurors into open court for the first time since deliberations began March 20 to ask them to try to reach unanimous verdicts on everyone.

The jury left for the day without offering any more notes.

The 11 officers are accused of planting guns on unarmed suspects after police shootings or covering it up. The four shootings, from 1995 to 1997, left three men dead and one wounded.

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