Jury members spent 4 1/2 hours today deliberating in the $4.5 million "60 Minutes" slander trial, watching recorded evidence behind closed courtroom doors in the second day of deliberations, and then recessed for the rest of the weekend.
The panel of nine women and three men sent word shortly after they arrived at the courthouse that they wanted to view again the key "60 Minutes" segment and several outtakes, film that was shot but not broadcast.
They returned to the courtroom, viewed those segments, listened to some audio recordings and returned to their deliberation room, where they talked until recessing at about 4 p.m.
Superior Court Judge Jack Swink gave the jurors Sunday off and told them to return at 9 a.m. Monday.
The panel deliberated only two hours Friday afternoon before asking to review all video and audio tapes in the case. Members also chose David Campbell, a technical editor for Hughes Aircraft, as their foreman before going home Friday night.
At least nine of the 12 jurors must agree for a verdict in the civil case.
Swink first ordered all reporters from the courtroom before playing the tapes that had been used to prepare the disputed CBS news magazine program. He later readmitted the press.
Dan Rather, the on-camera reporter in the report and now anchorman and managing editor of the CBS Evening News, was not present today.
The plaintiff, Dr. Carl Galloway of Lynwood, Calif., claims that a 1979 "60 Minutes" segment entitled "It's No Accident" wrongly linked him to a medical insurance fraud scam. He is seeking $2.5 million for damages to his professional reputation and $2 million for "personal humiliation."