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Jury foreperson: Defense put on a circus, prosecution confused us

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"When we went into the deliberation room, we were very confused," said James Matsumoto, the foreperson in Rod Blagojevich's first trial. He appeared on WTTW last night, along with this Sun-Times reporter. I was surprised by a couple of things he said, including that the jurors didn't know they had a case indictment in their possession.

"It was days before we found the indictment, we didn't even know the indictment was in the evidence carts," Matsumoto said.

He said the prosecution wasn't clear enough. He said the defense, namely Sam Adam Jr. and Sam Adam Sr., put on a show.

"They tried to make it a little circus out of the performance, especially the Adams," he said.

Matsumoto though, agreed with a key defense move during the last trial -- not to put on an affirmative defense.
"I think that was the best thing they could do was not mount a defense," he said. "It's not up to them to say the governor is not guilty."

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