August 12th, 2010
01:40 PM ET

Judge to Blago jurors: Deliberate some more

The judge in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich told the jury Thursday to re-examine their opinions and try to reach a unanimous verdict in the complex case.

"We received a response," the judge said,  adding that the jury said, "We have deliberated and have reached unanimous agreement on two counts and haven't been able to come to an agreement on the rest of the counts."

The judge then read to them the Allen charge, which is a set of instructions given to jurors when they are deadlocked and unable to decide on a verdict after deliberations.

The judge told the jury to come back in 10 minutes and they will figure out how to proceed.

Blagojevich faces 24 counts, including racketeering, wire fraud, attempted extortion and bribery. The two-term Democrat was removed from office in January 2009 amid accusations that he attempted to sell the U.S. Senate seat that had been occupied by Barack Obama before he became president.

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soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Martin

    Ok Myk...we get it...you have lots of time on your hands and must comment on everything...enough.

    August 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MR.BIGGS

    Y IS EVERYBODY SO DOWN ON THE GOVENOR AND OBAMA IS THE SAINT IF THE BLAGO IS GUILTY SO IS OBAMA

    August 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CN

    I think a hung jury is perfect. They'd have to do it over again and then maybe the defense wouldn't have the chance to catch the prosecution with their pants down. I want to hear the rest of the evidence (for entertainment purposes, I don't doubt he's guilty).

    August 13, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. reaper

    Deliberate!
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUkcjAtzzcI&w=640&h=360]

    August 13, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
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