Blagojevich jury deadlocked, asks judge for guidance

The jury in the corruption trial of Rod Blagojevich has asked the judge for guidance, saying that they are deadlocked on some of the 24 counts in the indictment against the former Illinois governor.

Jurors said in a communication to Judge James B. Zagel that they cannot reach agreement on “any given count.” The note read in court on Wednesday said the jury is asking for guidance if they can’t reach a unanimous decision on at least some counts.

The judge sent a note back to the jury, seeking clarification of “the state of their deliberations.” He also reminded them that they can reach unanimous verdicts on some counts even if they cannot on others, NBC’s John Yang reported.

Jurors are in their eleventh day of trying to reach a verdict. The judge said there is no evidence of rancor in the deliberations.

Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to 24 counts, including charges of trying to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat.

Blagojevich had waived his right to be present for questions from the jury, but Zagel requested that he be present for this hearing.

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