Jury struggles with actress' marriage fraud case

FILE - This Oct. 15, 2009 file photo shows singer Fernanda Romero arriving at the "Los Premios MTV 2009" in Universal City, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

September 2, 2010 7:32:35 PM PDT
A federal judge has told a jury that described one of its members as hostile to keep trying to reach a verdict in a Mexican-born actress' marriage fraud trial.

The jury weighing whether to convict Fernanda Romero and her U.S-born husband reported problems with one its members Thursday afternoon, the second day of deliberation.

A forewoman said the panel has not yet reached any agreement on the seven charges the pair face. The pair are also charged with lying on immigration forms.

Prosecutors had sought to have the juror replaced, but defense attorneys said they thought the panel could reach a verdict. U.S. District Judge Manuel Real opted to allow the panel to continue deliberations.

The juror was described in a note as "hostile."


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