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December 7, 2009

(1:20 p.m.) Blogger-Threats

NEW YORK (AP) — There's a hung jury at the trial of a New Jersey blogger charged with making death threats against three Illinois judges.

A judge in New York declared a mistrial in the case of Hal Turner after jurors sent him two notes — one on Friday and another on Monday — saying they were hopelessly deadlocked. Deliberations began Friday.

The 47-year-old Turner was charged earlier this year with threatening three appellate judges who upheld handgun bans in Chicago and suburban Oak Park, Ill.

Turner blasted the decision with a lengthy Internet posting saying, "These judges must die." He also posted the judges' photographs and telephone numbers.

Defense attorneys argued his tirade was protected by the First Amendment.

The judge set a new trial for March.

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