Being a juror has never been easy. Several hundred years ago, English jurors were confined "without meat, drink, fire, or candles" until they had finished their deliberations.' If they failed to reach a verdict before the judges left town (English judges would travel from the royal courts at Westminster to various cities to try cases), the jurors were supposed to be placed in a wagon and "carted" to the judges' next destination.
"Asking Jurors to do the Impossible,"
Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy: Vol. 5
, Article 3.
Available at: http://trace.tennessee.edu/tjlp/vol5/iss2/3