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Lawyers: Blagojevich jury is gone for the week

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Reporting with Sarah Ostman and Dave McKinney

So it's wait until next week.

We've reported earlier this week -- but it's just been reiterated -- jurors in the Rod Blagojevich case have said they do not want to deliberate tomorrow.

And two attorneys in the case say they were just told this that the jury is gone for the day.

The news comes after jurors indicated today that they were at a stalemate on most of the 24 counts in the indictment. They had only come to a conclusion on two counts, they said.

It was a tense day, which Rod Blagojevich and his brother both spent inside the courthouse. Rod Blagojevich played a board game with some reporters and attorneys in the cafeteria, while waiting on an update from jurors that never came.

A note sent to the judge today said they hadn't even considered the wire fraud counts, which make up 11 of the 24 charges in the indictment.

"We've deliberated on all acts and counts with the exception of the wire fraud counts. We have reached unanimous agreement on two counts. We have been unable to agree on any of the remaining counts."

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I think their are some jurors whom don't understand what is being debated and need to really cross reference the law with the act and or charges.

It must also be understood the the defense did not call any witnesses whom may have refuted the governments claims, thus it must be taken into account based on the pattern of evidence that the actual "acts" of the defendant that place him in jeopardy with the law.

I was mistaken - there is only one count of False Statements. I guess I'd have to say that the notes from the jury are a good sign for Blago... but again, I am always VERY surprised at acquittals in federal court.

Carol - Your posts are insane. You make no sense. Patti Blagojevich does not have four charges against her. She has NO charges against her. She is not a defendant in this case. Robert and Rod are on trial. You have made this mistake (and LOTS of others) before. Please spare us your mindless drivel.

Basically, it breaks down like this:

1 count - Racketeering
1 count - Racketeering conspiracy

11 counts - Wire fraud
4 counts - Attempted extortion
1 count - Bribery
2 count - Bribery conspiracy
2 count - Extortion conspiracy

2 counts - Making false statements

I can only think of two main scenarios:

1) They may be unanimous on the racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges. If that's the case, I'd say they have probably decided "Not Guilty". If they were going to convict him of racketeering, it would logically follow that many of the bribery and extortion charges were proven.

2) They may be unanimous on the "Making false statements" charges, and unable to come to an agreement on any of the alleged extortion, bribery, etc.

I am very pessimistic about anyone having a chance to win in federal court, but I have to say that right now it sounds like somewhat positive news for the defense. I'm sure we will see a retrial if the jury is hung on the racketeering counts or many of the other charges.

It's all guesswork, but that's all we've got for now!

Apparently, the jurors have not bought into Patrick Fitzgerald's slam dunk, open and shut, "Lincoln is rolling over in his grave," SOPHISTRY AND GRANDSTANDING!
After all, if it were an open and shut case, it should have been shut by now.

I think Patti and Robert only have 4 counts against them.

And, out of the 22 "left," it breaks 11 to 11. 11 "bribery" need to be settled, first. Before you can go and touch the "wire fraud" and racketeering charges.

Besides. LOOK AT THIS JURY! They've written to the judge. And, the get back his "note" to start doing head counts. And, they respond? Okey-dokey. We're gonna work ONLY Monday through Thursday. They're no longer chomping at the bit to bring back verdicts.

Let's hope long before Patrick Fitzgerald tries another run into the public sphere, saner heads tell him to resign in dignity. At least with a hung jury, the state legislature doesn't have to come to terms with telling a seated governor to resign on the flimsiest of evidence.

And, that "forfeiture" call on Day #3? No wonder the defense just sat there and said nothing of value. Zagel isn't trusted. And, the jurors? They've gone back to their long summer weekends off.

The teacher on the jury? I'm sure she's going to want to have this thing end in time for her to go back to teaching in September. The postal worker is retired. And, the marine? He sure is keeping order in there! No food fights! Some day? There will be full details. (The OJ jurors, on the other hand, learned how fast fame was fleeting.)

How are we not certain that the two counts that the Jury has agreed upon are not those associated with Blago's brother, and that the Jury has not been able to agree on ANY count associated with Blago?

Even more interesting, Patrick Fitzgerald didn't show up in the courthouse.

While the jurors return to the "old" system, Monday through THURSDAY. You just can't wear them out as you could have done if they had been sequestered.

As to horse trading convictions here, for a pass there, I think this jury has gone beyond that. They figured out a way not to yell. By just not putting the tough choices on the table. And, next week? They're not going to be able to shirk head counting. And, then what?

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