The Blagojevich Trial – Jury Deliberations – Day 6 …Waiting and Wondering

Blagojevich trial: Jury heads home at end of day 6


Sarah Ostman

on August 4, 2010 4:54 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

No word from the jury today — they’ve headed home for the day, wrapping up their sixth day of deliberation. They’ll be back in the morning.

What’s weighing on Blagojevich jurors — here’s a rundown of counts, evidence.


Natasha Korecki

on August 4, 2010 4:44 PM

The complicated case against Rod Blagojevich involves 24 counts and various alleged schemes — from the selling the U.S. Senate seat, to holding up funding to a children’s hospital.

As jurors seem poised to begin day seven of their deliberations Thursday, here’s some of the evidence they are considering in each of the allegations.

Click here to read today’s story.

Blagojevich trial: Attorneys talk forfeiture plans; no word from the jury


Sarah Ostman

on August 4, 2010 10:54 AM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

The courtroom was packed this morning for a 10:30 hearing with attorneys — but if the crowd was expecting a bombshell, they left disappointed.

In a speedy, five-minute meeting, Judge James Zagel and attorneys hashed out plans for forfeiture — a final hurdle the jury may need to clear if they convict Rod Blagojevich.

If jurors convict Blagojevich of racketeering, the government will then move to seize the former governor’s Ravenswood Manor home and the former first couple’s Washington D.C. condo.

Prosecutor Reid Schar said the government would present about 10 minutes of testimony for the forfeiture proceedings, and would show the jury evidence about the Blagojevich’s bank account balances.

The defense said it would not present evidence.

Zagel said he would wait to decide whether the forfeiture hearing would take place immediately after the verdict is announced or whether it would wait until the next day. It will depend on what time of day the verdict comes in, he said — and how tired the jury looks.

“You can usually tell from looking at a jury how exhausted they are or how fresh they are,” the judge said.

Meanwhile, there’s no word from the jury as they trudge through Deliberation Day Six.

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