Attorneys fight to keep Stevens trial on track

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prosecutors and defense attorneys are headed to court to try to keep Sen. Ted Stevens' corruption trial on track, despite jury deliberations that have been beset by problems.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan has to decide how jury deliberations should proceed now that one juror has apparently rushed out of state to attend to a sick family member. It's just the latest problem for a jury that has reported a stressful environment and another juror who made violent outbursts to her colleagues.

The Senate's longest-serving Republican, Stevens is hoping for a verdict before Election Day. He's fighting to keep a seat he's held for 40 years. But if Sullivan orders an alternate juror, it would set deliberations back to the beginning.

Source: Associated Press