Umer Hayat’s jury almost deadlocked today but decided to go home and return Tuesday — but not before they asked for a vacuum cleaner. In the meantime, Hayat’s son’s jury sent the judge a note that could indicate they had reached one or more verdicts on his four charges. But U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. sealed the note and instructed them only to continue deliberating.
Umer Hayat’s jurors have now spent seven days in a windowless room, debating whether the Lodi man lied to the FBI about his alleged knowledge of terror training camps in Pakistan. Their trash is placed outside the room every afternoon, but the room itself has apparently become messy enough to warrant a vacuum cleaner.