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Blago Jurors Take Friday Off

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Blago Jurors Take Friday Off
Jack Higgins
Blago Jurors Take Friday Off

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There will be no deliberations Friday for the jury deciding former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's fate.

When jurors sent a note to the courtroom Thursday asking a question of the judge, some speculated they were requesting a working Friday, possibly signaling a verdict drawing near.

But the 11-woman, one-man jury needed clarification on their instructions concerning wire fraud, the first 10 counts of the indictment.

Specifically, they were confused by the third clause: "To sustain the charge of wire fraud ... the government must prove the following propositions beyond a reasonable doubt: that the scheme to defraud involved a materially false and fraudulent pretense, representation, promise, or concealment ..."

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.

The Blagojevich jury went home for the weekend after five days of deliberations. They previously decided to take Fridays off.

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