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March 10, 2015

Jury at impasse in sex abuse trial of priest

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03102015_rev_andrew_mccormick_AP Matt Rourke/AP

The Rev. Andrew McCormick walks from the center for criminal justice Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Philadelphia.

Jurors in the sex abuse trial of the Rev. Andrew McCormick told a judge this afternoon that they were at an impasse.

According to, Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright asked the jury in court if she could help resolve any confusion they might have about the law in the case.

"I do not believe so," the jury foreman said.

Reminding jurors that they had only been deliberating for a total of 14 hours over three days, Bright instructed the jury to try again, but not to do anything that would "do violence to their individual judgment" or force them to surrender their "honest convictions," reported

Within an hour of resuming deliberations, the jury informed the judge it had completed discussions for the day.

The judge is hoping to avoid another deadlock in the case. Last March, the jury in McCormick's first trial deadlocked after four and a half days. He's accused of sexually abusing a former 10-year-old altar boy in 1997.

The jury is scheduled to resume deliberations at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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