Jurors in the Fort Dix trial will return to their deliberations today after failing to reach a verdict for the third straight day yesterday.
The anonymously chosen jurors have been sequestered until they reach a decision, so they chose to deliberate over the weekend. They reported yesterday to the presiding judge, District Court Judge Robert B. Kugler, that they were "making progress," but said their deliberations could stretch into tomorrow.
They are deciding the fate of five foreign-born Muslim men accused of plotting an attack on Fort Dix inspired by jihadist videos on the Internet. The defense argued that the South Jersey-raised defendants merely talked tough about jihad, never intending to carry out an attack. The men could face life in prison if convicted of the most serious charges.
The jurors have not asked any questions since Wednesday, their first day of deliberations, when they asked to review some transcripts. Testimony in the case lasted eight weeks.