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Blago Jurors Entering Day 10

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Monday marks jurors' tenth day of deliberations in former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's retrial.

The 11-woman, one-man jury has mostly been silent during the first two weeks, sending up its last question on June 16.

Jurors needed clarification that day on their instructions concerning wire fraud, the first 10 counts of the indictment. Judge James Zagel sent back a note asking them to take another look at the instruction and, if they're still confused, to state which words need clarification.

Blagojevich has been charged with criminal 20 counts, including attempting to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat.

Before then, jurors noted a discrepancy in the binders that hold transcripts to the former governor's secretly-recorded telephone conversations. Zagel called the issue "insignificant" and asked the extra pages be removed from the errant binders.

The Sun-Times' Natasha Korecki pointed out last week that lawyers involved in the case appear to be under a gag order. After jury deliberations began, usually talkative lawyers said nothing about four sealed filings.

Even the usually animated Sam Adam Jr., Blagojevich's former attorney, declined to comment.

Jurors took the past two Fridays off.

The jury during Blagojevich's first trial took 14 days to decide.

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