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Defense attorney: Jurors' tempers are frayed, expects to see a verdict this afternoon

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Reporting with Mark Brown, Natasha Korecki and Dave McKinney

Michael Ettinger, attorney for Robert Blagojevich, said after court that he interpreted the latest communication with the jury as "all that's left is to sign the jury forms."

Ettinger said he expects the jury to return later today.

Asked about the jury requesting a copy of its oath, Ettinger said he expects "someone is going to be read that card and told they are violating their oath."

He said he had never seen such a request and he took it as a sign of frayed tempers.

"They've gone as far as they can go," he said.

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It is possible that a "Holdout' wanted to read it to the others and show that it says "well and truly TRY" and be able to say "I did so try. We were NOT obligated to reach a verdict, just to "try" our hardest to do so.

You can tell when people are getting desperate when they pretend to be dead politicians!

Tis better that 10 guilty men go free than 1 innocent man spend but a day wrongly incarcerated.
Ask not what your country can do for you but with you can get for this fn golden seat!

You can tell when someone is getting desperate when they reach for the "obama isn't a citizen" card

James Madison

You do realize we drank more aclohol because there was no such thing as water treatment.

And no Barack Hussein Obama is not a natural born citizen. He was born an English Subject with Dual allegiance, he said so himself on Fight the Smears in 2008.

People may be more educated today, just not intelligent.

Ben needs to go back to a mold'ring in the grave.

Hello, Ben. You were quite the liberal in your time, you know, so I don't really think you long for the "morals and ethics" of a time when women were treated as second-class citizens, slaves much worse than that, and per capita alcohol consumption was several times what it is now. As a whole, people are far better educated today than they were in our time. You probably don't remember that you once said, "If [jury power] is not law, it is better than law, it ought to be law, and will always be law wherever justice prevails." You said that because you recognized that the jury system is democracy in action. It's not perfect, but it shouldn't be thrown out because of one decision you disagree with.

And give the Marxism and birtherism a rest. You're making a fool out of yourself.

Sane person would have never written the garbage that Ben just spewed-out!

Blago will walk free, won't talk and the bankers will go on robbing you and me ... and if you disagree they have men in black uniforms that will make you agree. Welcome to abject tyranny, repression and deceit .. otherwise know as Chicago, IL politics and players.

http://911essentials.com

I'm commenting from the grave because it should be noted that the Constitution, as great as it is, does have some flaws. Now understand, many of these flaws derive from the break-down of morals and ethics of modern day America. The idea that "Liberal Marxist" ideology would ever grab hold in this great country has all of us founding fathers in great distress. To elect a liberal who's not even American born is an out right travesty and a breaking of the law. We also expected the PRESS to remain objective and didn't realize how Satan himself would direct the dirty liberals in America to flood the Media outlets, Schools, and Court Systems with their foul stench. As to the current case, one problem that needs to be addressed is the idea of who makes up a jury. To allow anyone with the brain power of a termite to sit on a jury is absurd. We concluded here from our final resting places, that we should have suggested professional jurors with 2 year terms. All given an intelligence test and personality test to insure a certain level of judicial integrity. Judges should also be given those same tests.

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