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Blagojevich Jury Asks Second Question of Deliberations; Wants Info on Wire Fraud Charges


Attorneys for both sides in the corruption retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich were summoned to the courtroom around noon Thursday, and after meeting in chambers with the judge announced that the jury had asked its second question.

The jury asked a question about the definition of wire fraud.

To constitute a wire fraud charge, there must be a scheme to defraud, intent to defraud and "third, that the scheme to defraud involved a materially false and fraudulent pretense, representation, promise, or concealment," according to the jury instructions filed by the prosecution .  The act must also take place over interstate wires. The jury wanted clarification on what constitutes material concealment.

There are 10 counts of wire fraud and they are the first 10 of the indictment. Nine relate to the senate seat charges, and one relates to the alleged shakedown of Children’s Memorial Hospital.

Attorneys and the judge said they will tell jurors to read further into the jury instructions, as there is some clarification there, and said they will ask the jury to be more specific about where their confusion lies.

There was no indication early Thursday afternoon that the jury wanted to meet Friday, which could indicate they aren’t very close to a verdict.


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