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US jury seeks another day to decide Indian grandfather's case

Wed, Nov 04, 2015, 09:32 AM
Washington, Nov 4: After two straight days of deliberation, a US federal Jury has sought another day to debate the case against an Alabama police officer charged with slamming an Indian grandfather to the ground and leaving him severely injured last February.

The jury told US District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala in federal courthouse in Huntsville Tuesday afternoon that they could not reach consensus in the case against Madison Police Officer Eric Parker, 27, for assaulting Sureshbhai Patel, according to Al.com.

The jury asked the judge for permission to go home early and come back tomorrow. Earlier, the jury sent a note to Haikala: "We have voted a couple of times and haven't come up with a unanimous decision. What do we do next?"

At that point, Haikala said there was no reason to believe the federal government could select a more confident or more conscientious jury for a new trial.

She told the jury of expense of the trial and of the emotional strain. She urged the jury to continue deliberations and end the matter, if possible.

Parker, 27, is charged with deprivation of rights under colour of law for the takedown that left Sureshbhai Patel, 57, in need of spinal surgery.
Agency: IANS

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