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Bulger jury to resume deliberations on Monday

As jurors weighing the fate of James “Whitey” Bulger were sent home Friday after deliberating for four days without reaching a verdict, legal observers said that lengthy deliberations are common in complex racketeering cases and that it is impossible to discern whether the jury is divided or just being diligent.

Making an objective judgment despite Bulger’s extreme notoriety is hard enough, but observers say the jurors have a mountain of a task in front of them, sorting through a 32-count racketeering indictment encompassing 33 alleged criminal acts, including 19 murders, half a dozen acts of extortion, a drug trafficking conspiracy, a money laundering conspiracy and other charges.

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