Blagojevich Jury Finishes Day 7 Without Verdict

UPDATED 6/21/2011 6:03 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — The federal jury deciding former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s fate finished its seventh day of deliberations on Tuesday without reaching a verdict.

The panel of 11 women and one man is weighing 20 corruption charges against Blagojevich following six weeks of testimony at his retrial.

Although jurors have sent two notes to the judge regarding their deliberations, they have not given any signal whether they are struggling to reach a unanimous verdict or simply taking their time going over all the evidence and all 20 charges. They did not send any notes to the judge on Tuesday.

A source told CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov that jurors have been listening to the FBI wiretaps presented as evidence in the case. Given the number of wiretaps available to the jury, that alone could take a long time.

James Matsumoto, the foreman of the jury at Blagojevich’s first trial, said that he’s not surprised that this jury hasn’t reached a decision after seven days. He said he believes it means the jurors are carefully going over the 20 charges against Blagojevich and the lengthy jury instructions given to them at the end of the trial.

But Matsumoto said he knew early on in deliberations after the first trial that there was a divide among the jury over whether to convict or acquit Blagojevich. So it’s possible there’s already a divide among this jury.

At Blagojevich’s first trial, the jury deliberated for 14 days before convicting Blagojevich of lying to the FBI, but deadlocking on 23 other counts against him.

Blagojevich, 54, is facing 20 charges at his retrial, including allegations that he was trying to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. He has pleaded innocent to all charges.

–Todd Feurer, CBS 2 Web Producer

  • Redsea

    What a waste….

  • Redsea

    What a waste…

  • Redsea

    I wouldn’t send a man to jail over speculation. Did he commit a crime? No. Talk is cheap. I can say I’m going to rob a bank but, if I don’t actually do it, no crime was commited. There’s to many innocent people in jail over speculation.

    • LYNDIA

      Leave the man alone. He did not play ball with the powers brokers and now they are trying to do a job on his character. I stand by the governor and I like him because you are not going to knock him down without him FIGHTING BACK.

    • Mike Leahy

      to redsea……….google the words

      “Conspiracy to commit…….” You don’t have to be successful at these particular types crimes. Do a little research first so your comment won’t be so stupid.

  • Kathleen P. Johnson

    I Don’t Believe he’s guilty! I think that this is all a waste of taxpayer dollars!
    He was already tried & he No longer holds the office…What else do they want?
    This I believe is a personal matter, because he didn’t “Play Ball” with the other politicians the way they expected him to! If they think he is a crook, then Quinn is a crook too for sure. He has done Nothing any worse then any other politician in the history of Chicago! I Say: GET THE HELL OFF HIS BACK & LET THE MAN MOVE ON WITH HIS LIFE & HIS FAMILY!

  • ismael martinez

    Michael Madigan has done a lot worse than Blago and no one has even indicted him. Blago is arrogant, dumb and stupid but He did not get a penny for his actions. All politicians sell jobs I mean all.

  • Bob Hamilton

    You can see from the comments that it is not that easy to find 12 people with average intelligence. There will always be one or two who are simply not smart enough or honest enough to do their job. Here is a hint for those jurors; Guilty of all charges.

  • Justice...

    Innocent…..waste of time and money. The Gov is a salesman…..and what do salesmen do to close???

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