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"Hamlet Jury" Deadlocked in Mock USC Murder Trial

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Jury Deadlocked Over Hamlet's Mock Murder Trial
William Shakespeare (AP Photo, file)

(CBS/AP) To be, or not to be guilty... that is the question.

A notorious criminal case that waited 400 years to go before a jury resulted in no clear verdict on whether the defendant - Hamlet, Prince of Denmark - was sane when he committed murder.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy presided over a mock trial Monday at the University of Southern California.

It gave notable Los Angeles attorneys an opportunity to argue for and against the proposition that Hamlet was suffering from a mental disease when he fatally stabbed Polonius, adviser to the king in the classic Shakespeare play.

After 20 minutes of deliberations, 10 jurors found Hamlet sane and two found him insane.

Guilty or not guilty, there is something rotten in the state of Denmark.