SAN FRANCISCO -- Jury deliberations continue Friday at the trial of a former Danville officer charged with accepting cocaine and a handgun for arresting drunken drivers at the direction of a former Concord private investigator.

Deliberations in the trial of Stephen Tanabe were suspended Thursday morning after U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer excused a juror who spoke English as a second language and was having trouble fully comprehending jury instructions as a result. An alternate juror was substituted in midday, and the panel began anew in its deliberations.

2011: Stephen Tanabe, left, with his attorney Dan Russo, leaves Superior Court in Walnut Creek, Calif., after pleading not guilty on CNET-related charges.
2011: Stephen Tanabe, left, with his attorney Dan Russo, leaves Superior Court in Walnut Creek, Calif., after pleading not guilty on CNET-related charges. (Karl Mondon/Staff) (KARL MONDON)

Tanabe, 50, of Alamo, is charged with seven conspiracy and extortion counts for allegedly taking bribes to facilitate three drunken-driving arrests in late 2010 and early 2011. His defense attorney says he never accepted any kind of payment and that he has been set up by Christopher Butler, a now-incarcerated private investigator who set up men for "Dirty DUIs" so that their estranged spouses could have leverage in family law court.

Deliberations resume at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

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