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Rod Blagojevich trial

Rod Blagojevich and his wife Patti at the federal courthouse in Chicago.

CHICAGO / On the 14th day of deliberations jurors gave a hint that they may be deadlocked on some of the charges facing former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his brother Rob.

The 12-member panel asked a second question today in as many days.  Jurors wanted to see a written copy of the oath they committed to when they were seated as the jury in one of the biggest court cases in U.S. history.

They also wanted to know how to fill out the verdict form should they do not reach agreement on the 24 charges against Blagojevich.

The six men and six women jury have not asked much during the course of deliberations.   

Blagojevich, who has pleaded not guilty, is accused of trying to make money off his position as governor of Illinois for himself, his friends and his campaign fund. He is also alleged to have tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama after elected president in 2008.

Federal authorities secretly recorded phone conversations via wiretaps.  Blagojevich’s attorneys claimed that those conversations were all talk and there were no crimes committed.

The former governor most recently appeared on Donald Trump’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ which airs on NBC.  He’s also done countless of interviews for media outlets proclaiming his innocence.  He did not testify at his trial, despite bold statements in the weeks preceding his trial that he would.  His lawyers presented no defense and postured that prosecutors failed to prove their case.

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