In its first communication in eight days, Rod Blagojevich's jury leaves us with a cliffhanger.
The jurors say they're deadlocked on some counts, they've tried to come to consensus and cannot. They want direction.
Here's a few things to consider as we await an 11 a.m. hearing where jurors will answer the note sent from Judge James Zagel, which asks for clarification on their division.
• Jurors earlier this week had already asked for the day off on Friday.
• Jurors said they were divided on counts involving a "specific act."
• Jurors say they've gone beyond "reasonable attempts" to come together.
• Jurors said in their note: "they've tried as hard as they can and they can't go any farther," according to one defense lawyer.
• It was unclear the number of counts they couldn't decide on.
• Judge James Zagel can tell jurors to go back and keep trying. But he went out of his way Wednesday to note he believes the jury already has been working hard to reach a conclusion.
"The jury in my view is exceptionally disciplined ... I think they're very diligent."