Pinson Jurors Deliberate a second day

Day Two of deliberations to begin Tuesday

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By Monique Williams

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) -- Late Monday afternoon, jurors in the Jonathan Pinson federal court case ended the day 'looking tired," understanding they are due back Tuesday wherein a verdict could be reached.

The federal jury briefly stopped deliberations at least twice to get clarification on certain questions, namely the correct definition of 'public official.' This is important because over a dozen of the federal charges against Pinson allege kick backs and back room deals while he was a trustee with South Carolina State University. Does that position as trustee qualify as a 'public official' is the question. Pinson's college friend and business partner from Greenville, Eric Robinson, is also charged with corruption.

Before deliberations could really begin shortly after Noon, a female juror had a panic attack and said she wouldn't be able to continue. However, court officials calmed her down and she said that she could resume her jury duties. Two alternate jurors, who were originally told by the judge they would be called if needed and, therefore, did not have to stay on site at the court house, have since been ordered by Judge David Norton to return to court Tuesday morning and remain on site until further notice.

The jury is expected to report directly to the jury room in the morning at 9:00. Stay with ABC Columbia news for continuing updates on this developing story.

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