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Judge James Zagel: "I'll be bringing out the jury shortly'

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Chris Fusco

Judge James Zagel has entered the courtroom. He and the attorneys are discussing the forfeiture proceedings, and whether they will be held tomorrow or directly following the verdict announcement.

The six alternate jurors who were dismissed at the beginning of the deliberations are seated in the courtroom, opposite the jury box. They had previously asked to be present for the verdict's reading.

FBI chief Rob Grant and Patrick Fitzgerald are also seated in the courtroom gallery.

Rod is seated, looking at lawyers, hands clasped, hands drumming.

Robert just leaned over to his wife, Julie, put his hands on hers and whispered something reassuring. She nodded.

Zagel is off the bench, saying, "I will be bringing out the jury shortly."

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