Blagojevich Jury Deadlocked on 22 of 24 Charges, Recessed for Weekend
August 12, 2010
(Chattahbox) – The federal jury recessed for the weekend today after deliberating on only 2 of 24 fraud charges for former governor Rod Blagojevich. James Zagel, the district judge, ordered the jury to finish reviewing the other counts.
Although the jury did not reveal which two charges it had deliberated on, they did mention that they had not come to a verdict on any of the 11 counts of wire fraud. The other fraud charges include racketeering, bribery, and attempted extortion. Some of the charges involve Mr. Blagojevich’s alleged attempt to sell President Obama’s recently vacated senate seat or his pressuring business and charity owners to make campaign donations.
On Wednesday, jurors told the judge they were deadlocked on some of the issues. Robert Blagojevich, Rod’s brother, is facing four counts of fraud and expressed his hope that the jury would make up their minds soon and give the family closure. After 12 days of deliberation, it’s no wonder tensions are running a little high.