The Simpson jury has gone home, ending its first full day of deliberations. With two hours yesterday and just short of six and a half hours today, the jurors have now handily surpassed the two hours the criminal trial jury spent debating its verdict of innocence in October, 1995.

Just before taking a lunch break, the panel of seven women and five men asked for and received a small magnifying glass of the sort used to examine photographs. That raised speculation that they were taking a close look at the images which Simpson's defense contends were doctored to show him wearing Bruno Magli shoes of the type that left footprints at the murder scene.

The jury also requested a test tube like the one that held a sample of Simpson's blood taken by police the day after the murders. The judge told them they already had such a tube in the jury room as part of the pile of more than 600 pieces of evidence introduced in the case.

The defense contended that police used the sample to plant Simpson's blood at the murder scene, in his car and on socks found in his bedroom. It was a theory pioneered by the criminal defense team, who noticed that, although a technician testified that eight milliliters of blood were taken from Simpson, only 6.5 were used in testing.

As the jury met in the morning, the judge granted a motion from the plaintiffs forcing the defense to disclose more of Simpson's financial assets, including a recent appraisal of his estate on Rockingham Avenue in Los Angeles, details of how much he's made from sales of memorabilia (presumably that includes the autographs he sold while in jail during his criminal trial) and the numbers on his retirement funds.

A recent investigation by Time magazine and CNN found that Simpson has over $2 million in retirement funds, which are protected from seizure in a civil court judgement. He has very little equity left in his home after taking out a line of credit to pay his criminal-defense bills and now, his civil defense has filed a claim against the home to insure payment of their bills. All that may be left for the plaintiffs is a claim against his future earnings--assuming he ever works again.

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