Archive for Thursday, July 29, 2010

Jury weighing Blagojevich case

July 29, 2010


— Rod Blagojevich’s fate was in the hands of jurors Wednesday as they began deciding whether the impeached Illinois governor tried to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat and schemed to use his political power for personal gain.

Jurors, weighing evidence against the second Illinois governor in a row to be charged with corruption, received lengthy instructions from the judge on how their deliberations should be conducted. Prosecutors loaded two carts of exhibits they introduced at the trial that a marshal would wheel into the jury room.

“I’m not expecting” a speedy verdict, Judge James B. Zagel said before jurors entered the courtroom.


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