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Blago Jury Deadlocked; Judge Says: Keep Talking

Rod Blagojevich, former Illinois governor, arrived at the federal courthouse Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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The jury now deliberating in the corruption case against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his brother Robert told the federal judge that they are deadlocked on some counts.

The reportedly sent U.S. District Judge James Zagel a note asking him what's supposed to happen now. After receiving additional information from the jury, the judge told them to keep deliberating.

NPR's Cheryl Corley who's been following the trial in the courtroom, e-mailed a note with some of the details:

No verdict —- and jurors told to continue deliberating. Jurors sent a note to the judge James Zagel (ZAY-gull) —- questioning “if we are in a situation where we can’t agree or reach a unanimous decision on counts associated with specific acts, what should the next step be?” The jury said they had gone beyond reasonable attempts without rancor and must now ask for guidance.

Judge said: they should try to determine if they could reach a verdict because he wasn’t clear exactly where they were in their deliberations. He also told them they can return a verdict with a unanimous decision on some counts and let the court know if there’s an inability to do so on other counts.

Judge complimented the jury. He said no one knows what goes on in a jury room. But this jury room has always been quiet. No shouting or loud voices in this case.

The jury may have gone home for a day.