STORY: "Etan Patz jury deadlocked for three weeks," by Adam Klasfeld, published by The Courthouse News on May 5, 2015.
GIST: "Three weeks into deliberations, a deadlocked jury in the Etan Patz murder case faced court orders for the second time Tuesday to get back to work.........After a 7.5-hour interrogation, Hernandez told a story that he already had shared with multiple acquaintances - that he killed a little boy in the basement of a store where he used to work in lower Manhattan. Hernandez kept on reporting the crime to police and his jailhouse psychiatrist, but his defense attorney said that his client's memory should not be trusted. Defense attorney Harvey Fishbein maintains that with an IQ of 70 and a schizophrenia-related diagnosis, Hernandez may have been hallucinating his crimes, or his feeble mind may have cracked under the weight of coercive questioning. The defense team retained Icelandic professor Gísli Hannes Guðjónsson, an authority on false confessions, to lend his weight to the argument that Hernandez's crimes only existed in his imagination. Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon told a jury that Hernandez's mental condition was a ruse created for the press. He noted that the Rikers Island prison recorded Hernandez telling his wife on the phone that newspapers printed "some crap" about him being "delusional." Exactly three weeks after closing arguments wrapped , the jury reported for the second time in a week that they are unable to reach a unanimous verdict. It was the second such notice in a week, and Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Wiley reacted Tuesday with a second "Allen Charge," an admonition to head back to the deliberation room and get back to work. Fishbein said in an email that he believes the judge's jury instructions were "not a standard Allen charge. "It is quite possible Judge Wiley wrote it specially for this case," Fishbein added. "I objected to the charge because I believe that the jury has exhausted itself.""
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