Jury out in Blagojevich trial, fallen governor signs autographs outside courthouse
By Jim Hagerty
CHICAGO — The corruption re-trail of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will now be in the hands of the jury for full day, court officials said Monday, June 13.
The jury of 11 women and one man began the day mulling testimony and evidence this morning.
The jury received instructions Friday, June 10, after Judge James Zagel denied Blagojevich a mistrial. The defense team accused Zagel of pushing the case along unfairly.
“Truth is, you may not like us,” defense lawyer Lauren Kaeseberg said Friday. “You may not like our client. You have formed opinions from the first trial.
“The truth of the matter is, we didn’t get a fair trial.”
As of this report, officials were preparing for what some fear could mirror the first trial when jurors, after two weeks of deliberations, failed to convict Blagojevich on all but one charge.
The jury has been instructed to listen to hours of FBI wiretap recordings, which could take two days.
Meantime, as jurors decided his fate, the fallen Blagojevich signed autographs and waved at passersby outside the federal court building.
Blagojevich faces 20 charges, most notably his alleged attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President Barack Obama in 2009.
In the first trial, the jury found the 54-year-old Chicago native guilty of lying to federal investigators. He faces five years behind bars on that conviction.
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