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The jury is sent into a deliberation room to elect a foreperson.  This person is responsible for taking votes and writing notes to the judge if there are questions.  Jurors are given the physical evidence to examine (not drugs or weapons) in the deliberation room.  If there is a disagreement about what a witness said, the jury may ask for testimony to be read back to them.

The decision of the jury–“not guilty” or “guilty”–must be unanimous.  If the jury is unable to reach a decision, the jury is described as being “hung”.  The judge typically orders the jury to continue deliberating.  If they state that they are hopelessly deadlocked, the judge may declare a mistrial.  The case will then likely be presented to another jury on another day.

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