Rod Blagojevich trial: Round 1
The corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich consumed the summer of 2010 and concluded on August 17. After 14 days of deliberations, the six-man, six-woman jury convicted Blagojevich on just one of the 24 felony counts he faced -- a charge that he had lied to FBI agents about his intense involvement in campaign fundraising.
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"I think it's over."( Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune / August 17, 2010 )
Michael Ettinger, attorney for Robert Blagojevich, brother of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, talks to reporters at the Dirksen Federal Building. In their latest note to U.S. District Judge James Zagel, jurors signaled they may be getting close to wrapping up their negotiations. They have asked for a copy of the oath that they took when they were sent to deliberate the case against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and they asked Zagel how to fill out a verdict form when they can't agree on a specific count. "Do we leave it blank or report the vote split?" the note asked.
Ettinger predicted a verdict today. "I think all that's left is to sign the verdict form," he said. "I think it's over."