Just off the same shelf:
In a sign that jurors had little difficulty reaching a verdict, the jury did not ask to review any evidence and reached a decision in fewer than 11 hours.
The extent of time, not the actual number of hours, is what’s significant. Make it “less than 11 hours.”
- How one could decide “what’s significant”?
Perhaps it was the author’s point to front the durability of the eleven-hour process.