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Blagojevich trial: The jury's oath to "well and truly try"

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki and Dave McKinney

The courthouse is abuzz with questions after this morning's hearing. The jury's note indicates the panel is close to returning a verdict -- but how close? It's likely the jury is split and tempers are frayed -- but how split? How frayed?

Their request for a copy of the juror oath, especially, paints an interesting picture of what's going on behind those jury room doors.

That request -- coupled with their other question, about how to write a split vote on a verdict form -- could indicate that the group has reached an all-new level of infighting, that one camp is trying to show another camp that they aren't upholding their promise to "well and truly try" to reach a verdict.

The question may be, how long will they drag out that fight?

And so we wait. In the meantime, here's the text of that oath given to jurors in criminal cases -- the text given to the jury earlier:

"Do each of you solemnly swear (or affirm) that you will well and truly try, and true deliverance make, in the case now on trial and render a true verdict according to the law and the evidence, so help you God?"

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