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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  1. Tsimbi

    This is ridiculous. It seems that at least one jury member has been paid off. After all, it's Chicago.

    August 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ArtInChicago

      No, not that cut and dry. The Feds case was weak. They haven't even started deliberating on 11 of the counts associated with wire fraud. So there is more than on juror. Blago beat them at their game. He will be acquitted. And your Chicago comment pretty much applies to the United States.

      August 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myk

      oh yeah? you think so? yipee

      August 12, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dennis

    get the popcorn out boys, this will be fun.

    August 12, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Texas Pete

    The employment picture is so bad, they all want the $5 a day they get for jury duty.

    August 12, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas John

      ~L~ Which as you know if you've served jury duty in Houston that $5 wouldn't even cover the parking! But you are certainly correct about the job situation. I'm up to my teeth in that.

      August 12, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. vegas01

    One way to keep a check coming in...stretch out deliberations.

    August 12, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brett

    A jury would have already found him guilty on many more than 24 counts if the investigators hadn't botched the capture of this guy.

    August 12, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • wondering

      How did the investigators botch the capture?

      August 12, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas John

      They didn't botch the capture. They botched presenting incontrovertible evidence (and it's presentation) at his trial

      August 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim TX

    It's Chicago!! They Jurors all feel they hit the lottery getting chosen for this jury. The longer they deliberate, the more money they can make telling their individual stories.

    August 12, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      Just because our local politicians are crooked, doesn't mean that we the people are. We are all victims of the big corrupt Chicago Democratic machine. But at least we got rid of Obama, THANK GOD! Well... sort of.

      August 13, 2010 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. Eli

    It was his cgoice who to pick, you can not tell me they dont all see which person would be the best at giving them or getting them something. I think we have wasted to much money on this trail JUST as we did on the Bill Clinton impeachment trail-so what he got a little on the side-- LOOK how much money was wasted on that trail--

    August 12, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      The word is spelled "TRIAL".

      August 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Shut up David, no one cares that you can spell. You probably had to look it up in a dictionary anyway, dumb a s s.

      August 12, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • ela32824

      I love it...intelligent conversation, NOT

      August 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Idiot Comment of the Day winner: BRAD with " Shut up, David, no one cares that you can spell."

      You're right, Dumb as a Board Brad, no one who failed grade school-level English cares.

      August 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas John

      ~LOL~ The responses on this one are all ignorant. John didn't catch that Brad misspelled "can't", and no one commented on the fact that it is the lawyers that pick the jurors. Not the accused. Even in Illinois.

      August 12, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myk

      wrong moron – noone except for anal idiots care...

      August 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myk

      oh yeah – I know people in texas have lower IQ's than lets say – a pile of garbage... but it isn't "can't"... read the post over el idioto

      August 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • CN

      He did spell can't incorrectly. Can't is a contraction for cannot, not "can not".

      August 13, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. larry wi

    Dead Locked my hind end! The jury has benn corrupted, and tampered with. Should be no surprise, after all tghis is Chicago!

    August 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myk

      lay off the 420 dude

      August 12, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eleanor

      Larry,
      I have a gut feeling, wtihout proof, that there was some kind of payoff in the Blago jury. Have the feds. questioned the lone holdout. This person continuously held out. Something smells bad.

      August 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. A P

    Wolf (CNN)
    Yes ,It is Chicago Gov Rod Blagojevich two term GOV . What you think Wolf ?
    AP

    August 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myk

      I believe that a wolf would think........ "aroooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo" as he sits under the moonlight...

      August 12, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      do you mean that dope Wolf Blitzer?

      August 13, 2010 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. Peter

    If this was such an open and shut case of corruption which resulted in his impeachment, they would have been deliberating for less than a day. From everything you read, it sure sounds like he was guilty, but maybe this is a good illustration of the bias in the media and influence of politics which does not carry over into a court of law. Its obvious now that they made a good call by not having him testify which probably would have made it an open and shut case.

    August 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. caliban

    This trial is a joke thanks to Blago and his clever lawyers . He is going to walk, but at least we got him out of office.

    August 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Marnie

    Another corrupt politician who won't pay for his crimes. Typical.

    August 12, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myk

      yet another moron who has never heard of "innocent until proven guilty". typical

      August 12, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      Innocent until proven guilty was destroyed years ago by the media.

      August 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Anson

    Long deliberations = more stories to tell on FoxNoise, Nancy Graceless, and a probable Larry King special.

    Oprah's from Chicago, so she won't touch it, but the others will pay well for the juicy bits.

    If they remain deadlocked, that just means another 12 people too stupid to get out of jury duty will have their chance for 15 minutes of fame.

    August 12, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dr. X

    Juries need to use common sense not the complexity of whatever law it is that is confusing them.

    August 12, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. What

    Why force them to to keep deliberating. If they cannot come to a unamious decision, then that is their decision. End of story. Trial done. Forcing someone to change their mind goes against everything a jury trial is about.

    August 12, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Z_2k

      Forced not to change thier mind, but to simply make up their mind. They need to deal with EACH of the 24 counts one at a time, decide, and then move on to the next. I don't doubt that the jury may be influenced, biased, or just plain scared of convicting Blago. The judge should just make them stay isolated until they decide one each count, one by one.

      August 12, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myk

      think you've watched 12 angry men 1 too many times..

      August 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
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