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Rod Blagojevich Trial Jury Finishes Day Six of Deliberations With No Verdict


The jury in the corruption retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich completed their sixth day of deliberations Monday afternoon without reaching a verdict.

There was no sign of lawyers in the case at the courthouse Monday nor any communication from the jury.

Last week, the panel of 11 women and one man sent the judge a note asking for clarification on the law as it relates to wire fraud.

Ten of the 20 counts against Blagojevich are wire fraud, nine of which are charges of trying to sell the senate seat of President Barack Obama.

The jury said they had some confusion about one of the four parts that make a wire fraud count; they wanted to know more about “material concealment.”

Judge James Zagel told the jurors to reread their jury instructions and if they still didn’t understand, they could send him another note that was more specific about what they didn’t understand.

It was the first substantial note from the jury, which had also asked about some jurors having extra pages in their book of transcripts.

The jury in the two-month-long first Blagojevich trial took 14 days before reaching its verdict. They convicted him on one count of lying to the FBI and were unable to agree on 23 other counts.

Some thought that if the jury had decided to deliberate Friday, it would have been a signal that they were close to a verdict. Jurors took Friday off, however.



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