Blago Keeps Low Profile on Day After Conviction

Two jurors have talked so far

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    The newly convicted governor isn't saying much Wednesday. (Published Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010)

    Anne Feid, of the North Side of Chicago, stopped by Rod Blagojevich's Ravenswood home this morning to drop off a letter. 

    She wanted to let him know that she was praying for him, she later told reporters.

    Jury Foreman Describes Experience

    [CHI] Jury Foreman Describes Experience
    James Matsumoto says his colleagues deciding the fate of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his brother were deliberate in their discussions and maintained professionalism. (Published Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010)

    She knocked on the door but no one answered, so she left it in the mailbox. 

    The all-too-happy-to-glad-hand former governor was not his usual self Wednesday. After being convicted of lying to the FBI Tuesday, the attention-seeking Blagojevich was acting more like a hermit.

    Many expected the convicted felon would appear on some media outlet somewhere to discuss his case and mock the prosecution.

    But when Blagojevich emerged from his home at around 8:30 Wednesday to take his daughter Annie to camp for "pretty princess day," he declined to answer questions from reporters.

    When he returned from dropping off his daughter, he pulled straight into his garage. Like usual, cameras were camped outside his home.

    Cameras were also trying to capture an image of the lone juror who saved Rod's hide.

    The woman who dug in her heels in the jury room and stuck by her belief that Blagojevich was innocent is still unknown, but probably not for long.

    Two of the jurors talked about the process, but have declined to name the lone hold-out.

    Jury foreman James Matsumoto, 66, described the process as "frustrating" and "exhausting" but through two rounds of media coverage -- Tuesday after the trial with local media outlets and Wednesday morning on the Today Show -- he refused to single out the juror who led to the deadlock.

    Another juror, Erik Sarnello, 21, said the woman who held out did so because of strongly held beliefs. 

    "Say it was a murder trial -- she wanted the video," Sarnello said. "She wanted to hear [Blagojevich] say, 'I'll give you this for that.' ... For some people, it was clear. Some people heard that. But for some, it wasn't clear.''

    Other jurors, Cynthia Parker, 60, Jesse Blue, 72, and Jacklyn Ferino, 28, were tracked down in some way or another, but declined to discuss their ordeal with reporters. 

    That leaves four women, Olga Duvvuri, Jo Ann Chiakulas and Melissa Barrett and Ashlee Moore, and three men, Ralph Schindler, John Grover, Stephen Wlodek, to be tracked down.

    The one that everyone wants to hear from, however, is the woman who held out.