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The Nation

A federal jury in Jacksonville, Fla., ended a second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict in the cocaine-smuggling trial of Carlos Lehder, reputed leader of Colombia’s powerful Medellin cartel. The panel of eight women and four men, in its first full day of deliberations Saturday, asked for a Florida map showing a city that allegedly was the destination for some of Lehder’s cocaine shipments and to review some of the testimony, including that of key witness Ed Ward, who the defense contends was the leader of the drug ring. U.S. District Judge Howell Melton denied both requests, ruling that the map was not in evidence and, therefore, could not be given to the jurors, and that the 1,500 pages of testimony requested was too voluminous to be read to them.


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