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. anthony fantacone

    Maybe now Blago has more time to get a hair cut. Where he's going he's going to need one.

    August 12, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phillip Marlowe

    If after all the phone evidence and all doesn't easily show this guy is a moorn and guilty, then I assume we have a jury dumber than the Simpson jury.

    August 12, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myk

      not that dumb, you aren't on it

      August 12, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. E

    Free Blagojevich and get rid of Aunt Jemima Mammy Obammy!!!

    August 12, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myk

      ok – while we're at it lets dig up harold washington's remains and attach some strings to his arms and legs and put him back in office as mayor of that fine city...

      August 12, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. indy

    What a disgrace to the state of Illinois! Kind of sad I even graced the same state as this horrible being!

    August 12, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myk

      Yes, very sad... I can still smell the feces from when you were here... take a bath dude

      August 12, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. john

    already millionaire – he'll go free, write a book, they'll pay him not to publish

    August 12, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dar

    This is what happens when you pile on 24 counts rather than keeping it simple for the jury and charging 4 or 5. Just asking for the system to fail. It's hard enough trying to get any 12 people to agree on any one issues, little lone 24!

    August 12, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      "little lone"??? Are you serious?


      August 13, 2010 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    FREE ROD!!!!

    August 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myk

      that's what she said

      August 12, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rav in Maryland!

    Blago is a joke! His own representation calls him at best a "Bafoon" as Governor of Illinois. I guess that if this dude gets off you need to open the prisons to all of those "White Colar" criminals!

    August 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chicagoK

    This is the way of Illinois Democrats. Corruption, payoffs, bribes from the lowest alderman to the president of the US. Illinois is a third world country, thanks to the Democrats! We are in the top ten of governments likely to default! Obama and his incompetent criminals have screwed the state. The Feds get one in court and Obama's buddies are there for payolla!

    August 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ArtInChicago

      Blue v. Grey, Hatfields v. McCoys, AutoBots v. Decepticons. Quite a sophmoric analysis on your part that this is a function of Democrats v. Repubilcans. A few Republican governors have done the perp walk here too. Republicans are hypocrites if they take no responsiblity for the current state of government and affairs.

      August 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas John

      ArtInChicago has it right. It's really not about Party loyalties. But when you stand accused of something and end up in court you do want the most clever lawyer you can find to delay and obfusicate things as much as possible, or at least reduce the sentence as much as possible. That's their job. Lawyers represent the client, not the law regardless of whether they are Defense or Prosecutor. It was Shakesper who said "Kill all the lawyers!" Which again wouldn't help much. They are a lot like roaches! Darn near indestructible and eradicable.

      August 12, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      No matter the affiliation of the Governor, when has Chicago NOT been under the control of the corrupt Democratic Political Machine? The Democrats BY FAR have created this mess... and now they are doing for the whole country what they did for Chicago. God help us!

      August 13, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. Yeah

    If he goes down, Rahm will go down, and BHO will go down, they're all one in the same

    August 12, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stacey

      Well, we know you're not from Illinois. Blago HATES President Obama and the White House stays away from Blago at all costs. They tried to keep him attending from the President's acceptance speech.

      August 12, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myk

      sweet – everyone is going down on each other... sounds fun

      August 12, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. terry in dallas

    seems awful strange that everyone readily agrees that all Chicago politicians are corrupt. Then they go and elect one to the highest office in the world. What was u hoping for anyways.

    August 12, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myk

      not sure what you was hoping for... but I know what alot of us were hoping for.

      August 12, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CM

    Blago was impeached, that should be enough. The people that deserve to be Illinois politicians are too smart to get involved with Illinois politics so we are left losers running the place.

    August 12, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • CM

      Okay, so Ronald Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama excepted.

      August 12, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myk

      ahhhhh. yes, so true... so when are you running then like the other losers?

      August 12, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jordan

    It is obvious that this trial is politically motivated. The indictment came soon after President-elect Barack Obama won the presidential elections in 2008. This trial is all about discrediting President Obama and State of Illinois as a corrupt state. The politically motivated charges were NOT put forward by the Republicans but rather by loosing-half of the Democrat Party, the Clintons. Clintons are willingly trying to misrepresent the State of Illinois as mob-style state and doing everything through Attorney General to undercut Obama's chances of winning in 2012. Clintons are very bitter about Blagojevich not supporting Hillary in 2008.

    August 12, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myk

      all i read was.... " blah blah blah, blah blah blah, clintons, blah blah blah, obama, blah blah blah..".. there – good summary of your post. 🙂

      August 12, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      Wrong half of the the was Madigans, not the Clintons. Mr Speaker and his daughter have been gunning for Blago for years.

      August 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Outraged

    R U serious. No evidence? My God people, the evidence is overwhelming of this criminal and his cohorts. DO NOT allow this weasel to walk based MAY be from "buying the jury". Demand he be prosecutedbased on the evidence.

    WAKE UP AMERICA. The criminals are caught red-handed and then no prosecution.
    NO MORE 2 standard judicial system!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dave in Louisiana

    If you convict Balgo then you better convict former Illinois Senate President Emil Jones, Speaker of the Illinois House Mike Madigan, and continue to go after federal crooks like Maxine Waters and Charlie Rengal. Personally, with the state of politics in America, this guy is no more guilty than the rest of the politicians.

    August 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
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