Verdict form -- covered in spilled coffee

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The subject of the jury note: spilled coffee on a verdict form.
"Can I get a new verdict form, today spilled coffee on the old one," the note from the foreperson read.
Does this mean they're filling it out? Or are they arm wrestling over count 16?

We were given no clues.

Well, except one, the second part of their note indicated the panel would leave at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow instead of 5:50 p.m. as jurors previously said.

So sounds like they still have work to do.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Niewoehner said individually "each request has been reasonable." But he said at some point if the jury continues asking for early departures, the court might need to address it.

"I think we should keep in mind they heard testimony for eight or nine weeks," Judge Amy St. Eve said.

Everyone noted that 4:30 p.m. is the usual breaking time.

Post Script: The jury has already announced it will not meet this Friday because one of the jurors has a day care issue.

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Do they fill out one verdict form, or one for each count?
Ssshhh. This sounds like they will be back after tomorrow. Why bother to mention they will be leaving at 4:30 if they think they will conclude before then? I guess they have Friday off. jeez.

If the jury instructions/verdict forms are available on line, link them to the site, so readers can see what the jury is looking at.

They fill out one verdict form.

Tell the juror I will be happy to baby sit for free. Just give us the verdict.

Here's a poll on 'What will Rezko do if convicted?"
What do you think he'll do?

When you have a family, sacrifices have to be made.People that don't have children don't always understand that. Sometimes people are so obsessed with things and are so focused on there jobs they begin to think that is the way things are supposed to be. When you have children,schedules,appointments,JOBS are always vulnerable. Give these people a break, Families Happen ! !

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Natasha Korecki

Natasha Korecki is the Federal Courts Reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, covering federal news, corruption investigations and trials.

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