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Rod Blagojevich jury on the 24 counts: 2 decided, 11 not discussed yet, 11 deadlocked

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By Sarah Ostman, Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallash
Chicago Sun-Times BLAGO BLOG

11:28 a.m. Chicago time

The Blagojevich jury has reached a unanimous decision on only two of counts before them.

"Your Honor," their note reads. "In response to your communication of 11 August, 2010, 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."

Judge James Zagel wants to send jurors a note telling them to go back and deliberate on the ones they haven't even talked about. There are 11 wire fraud counts, and they largely have to do with the Senate seat sale.

The judge proposed responding with a note that says, in part:

"You should deliberate on the wire fraud counts to the extent necessary to enable you to vote on those counts. We recognize that your stated inability to reach agreement on other counts may have established to your satisfaction that you would be similarly unable to reach unanimity on some or all of the wire fraud counts. Nonetheless, a deliberative decision by you on each of those counts should be made, even if it is a decision that you cannot reach unanimity on any of those counts."

Zagel has given attorneys 10 minutes to mull this over.

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Given the former Governor tried to sell a US Senate Seat, I wouldn't be surprised if he bribed a juror. His guilt is quite clear, in my opinion.

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