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Inside the Jury Room: Their Vote on Every Count

Now that the Blagojevich jury has been dismissed, reports on how they voted are front page news. We’ve compiled our own breakdown on how the jury voted on all 24 counts, constructed from juror notes. Click on any of the counts below to see the final vote tally, find out what crime the Blagojevichs were […]

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Rod’s Chicago

A Chicago Tonight viewer sent me a very clever Google map he created.  It highlights all of the key places, people and events in Chicago and across the country involved in the corruption trial of Rod Blagojevich.  Below is the link.  Check it out! And if you have any tidbits about the trial or information […]

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Will The Adams Be Back?

It is unlikely that the Sam Adam team will defend Blagojevich in a retrial.  The current trial emptied the Friends of Blagojevich campaign fund, which was paying for the ex-governor’s defense.  The federal public defender’s office will now pick up the tab for a retrial.  The 15-member Blagojevich defense team has been paid at public […]

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The Verdict Is In

Hung on all but one count.  After a trial that lasted more than six weeks followed by 14 days of jury deliberations, ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich is found guilty of just one of the 24 counts against him.  The jury unanimously agreed that Blagojevich was guilty of the final count in the indictment, count 24, giving […]

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Blago’s Here

Blagojevich and Patti just entered the courtroom.  “Say a prayer for us,” he told waiting reporters.  Robert is here, too.  Is it a verdict?  Most likely.  But no guarantee.

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Jury Requests Oath

The jury had two questions for Judge Zagel, neither of which sounded promising for the prosecution.  The jurors requested a copy of the oath they took when they were sworn in as jurors.  The judge gave the jurors that oath, which reads in part, “each of you do solemnly swear to truly try to render […]

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New Note

The jury has a new question on the 14th day of jury deliberations.  Reporters clustered on the 35th floor outside Judge Zagel’s courtroom are delighted to hear there will be some action today. Stay tuned – we should hear the judge read the contents of the note shortly.

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But What Does It Mean?

The jury has now gotten the complete transcript of former Deputy Governor Bradley Tusk’s testimony.  They also have jury instructions telling them they should not rely on the transcript alone to decide whether the testimony of the witness is “accurate in whole or in part.” Now the question is, why did they want the Tusk […]

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New Question

The jury has come up with a new question on the 13th day of deliberations.  The jury requested the “testimony of Bradley Tusk in its entirety.”  Judge Zagel initially agreed, but Blagojevich lawyer Sheldon Sorosky objected.  Zagel then agreed to review the jury instruction he was prepared to issue. Bradley Tusk, Blagojevich’s deputy governor in […]

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The Wait Goes On

No word from the jury as deliberations continue.  That means the action in this story returns to the Federal Building cafeteria. Rod and Patti Blagojevich and their attorneys, minus the Adams, huddle at one end of the cafeteria.  The only plug I could find for my phone charger was next to their table (honest), so Rod […]

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Agreement on Two Counts

In a note the jury told the judge it has reached agreement on only two counts.  It has been unable to reach unanimous agreement on any of the other counts.  The jury told the judge it has deliberated on all counts and acts, with the exception of the wire fraud counts.  There are 11 wire […]

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Sleepless Nights

Nerves are shot.  No one is getting any sleep.  And the wait for the verdict continues. Blago lawyer Elliott Riebman made a 3:00am Starbucks run after giving up on trying to sleep.  The betting on the 25th floor of the Federal Building outside Judge Zagel’s courtroom is that there will be a verdict today.  Robert […]

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No Verdict

No verdict.  The jury sent Judge Zagel a note asking what to do in a situation when a unanimous decision can’t be reached.  Lawyers agreed with the judge’s instruction, which first asked jurors to clarify if they had considered all counts and could not reach a verdict.  If not, Zagel asked jurors to reconsider all […]

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In the Building

Rod and Patti Blagojevich just went into the courtroom.  Rich Mell, Patti’s brother, was with them.  Press is still outside.  We think we are still waiting for Robert Blagojevich.  “Missed you guys,” Blago said as he walked by the waiting crowd.

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Tensions High

Barricades have gone up outside the Federal Building, fueling speculation that an important note or a verdict could be imminent.  Blagojevich is reportedly on his way.  Attorneys have been inside Judge Zagel’s courtroom for nearly an hour. Media is still waiting outside the doors.

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