Stevens has been charged with seven federal corruption counts for failing to report more than $250,000 in improper gifts. After a nearly month-long trial, the jury began its deliberations today. Judge Emmet Sullivan read the jurors an 81-page list of instructions they had to follow during their deliberations, and they went into seclusion at around noon.
At 4:15 p.m., the jurors sent Judge Sullivan a note, which he then read to the audience: "Can we leave a little early today? It's kind of stressful right now. We need a minute of clarity."
Sullivan then called the jury in and dismissed them for the night, meaning they will return at 9:30 Thursday morning to begin again.
Stevens was in the courtroom for all of today's session, and showed no emotion when Sullivan sent the jury home.