Reporting with Sarah Ostman
After deliberating for just a few hours, jurors in Rod Blagojevich's trial have made their first request: they want a transcript of the prosecution's closing argument.
After reading the note, the three prosecutors on the case looked at each other and laughed.
The request will be denied, said Judge James Zagel, since closing arguments are not evidence.
The 12-member jury's request was sent to the judge in a note, which was referred to in open court this morning. The note asked for the government's closing argument.
In closing arguments, Prosecutor Chris Niewoehner extensively laid out the charges in the case with an explanation of each count and what evidence the prosecution believed proved their case.
Zagel noted that the indictment in the case, which does go back with the jury, was complicated and repetitive.
"If they are unable to work their way through this without the statements, I expect this issue to rise again," Zagel said. "And I will deal with it."