Inside the Blagojevich Trial
Blago jury DEADLOCKEDAugust 12, 2010 - 1:21 PM | by: Ruth Ravve
The jury on Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial can only agree on two counts so far, and are deadlocked on 11 others. There are a total of 24 counts against the embattled former Illinois governor, including racketeering and wire fraud–eleven of them are wire fraud, but the jury says it hasn’t even begun deliberating on the wire fraud charges yet. Attorneys admit to being confused by it, (as is the media trying to cover it).
Judge James Zagel says the jury sent him a note saying (in summary) “we’ve reached a unanimous agreement on two counts” but are unable to agree on the others. Zagel sent a note back to them saying “You should deliberate the wire fraud counts to the extent necessary to enable you to vote on those counts…a decision should be made, even if you can’t reach a unanimous decision on all counts”.
Blago defense attorney Aaron Goldstein, who is guessing, like everyone else, says it could be just one juror who is in disagreement with all the others. ”Its endless speculation” he says. Judge Zagel told lawyers to stick close to the courtroom and that he will notify them when something happens. ”We’re optimistic” he says.