Blago Jury Wraps Another Day Of Deliberations; No Verdict Yet
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Updated 06/15/11 – 6:04 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) – Another day of jury deliberations has wrapped up without a verdict in Rod Blagojevich’s corruption retrial.
Jurors completed their fourth day of deliberations shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday without any communication with the judge. They will return for their fifth day on Thursday.
The panel of 10 women and one man are weighing 20 charges against the former governor, including allegations he was trying to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.
So far, the jury has had only one message for the judge during their deliberations and there have been no indications as to whether or not they are close to reaching a verdict.
On Tuesday, the jury discovered that they had different numbers of pages in the transcript of one of the FBI wiretap recordings presented as evidence in the case.
The jurors stopped reading the transcript when they realized some jurors had longer trancripts than the others. The judge said some of the jurors had more pages than they should have, so he had court security officers take the extra pages out of the jurors’ binders.
At Blagojevich’s first trial, the jury deliberated for 14 days before returning a verdict on only one count: a conviction for lying to the FBI. They deadlocked on 23 other charges at the first trial.
–Todd Feurer, CBS 2 Web Producer