- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 27, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has told jurors in the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy case they should not hesitate to declare a deadlock if they can’t agree on verdicts.

The judge made the remarks in Los Angeles after jurors indicated in written notes they are struggling to reach decisions on some charges against the former model’s two doctors and boyfriend.

The questions submitted Wednesday involve what the jury should do if unable to reach a verdict on “a count or an object crime.” The jury also asked whether it would be correct to conclude Smith’s drugs had no legitimate medical purpose if jurors find the prescriptions were written in excessive amounts. The judge told them the answer was no.

Howard K. Stern and Drs. Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine Eroshevich are charged with conspiring to give Smith excessive drugs.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Jurors in the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy case have sent out two questions indicating they’re struggling to reach verdicts on some charges against the former Playboy model’s two doctors and boyfriend.

The questions submitted Wednesday in Los Angeles involve what the jury should do if unable to reach a verdict on “a count or an object crime.”

The jury also asked whether it would be correct to conclude that Smith’s drugs had no legitimate purpose if jurors find the prescriptions were written in excessive amounts.

The judge summoned lawyers to court to decide how to answer.

Howard K. Stern and Drs. Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine Eroshevich are charged with conspiring to give Smith excessive sedatives and opiates.

The defense has claimed all drugs were for medical purposes.

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