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    Law Professor: Government is Likely Unhappy

    Richard Kling from the Kent College of Law analyzes the appearance of slow movement from jurors in the Rod Blagojevich corruption case. (Published Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010)

    Following instruction from Judge James Zagel, the jury in the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial cleared up some confusion over their reported impasse.

    They said they haven't decided on 22 of the 24 counts facing the former governor. 

    Jurors informed the judge that they have reached a unanimous decision on just  2 of the counts facing the former governor, and that they haven't deliberated on the the 11 wire fraud charges facing Blagojevich.  

    The wire fraud counts relate to specific phone calls the governor made (all of which can be read here.)

    Jury Expert: "This Could Be a While"

    [CHI] Jury Expert: "This Could Be a While"
    Jury expert Bill Healy says the slow progression of the jury's deliberations is a sign that the government's case isn't locked solid.
    (Published Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010)

    It's unclear which counts they've decided and what those verdicts are.

    Wednesday they sent a note to Zagel saying they were having trouble coming to an agreement "given counts," and Zagel asked for clarification.

    Today the judge told the jury to return to the jury room and revisit the wire fraud counts to try and reach a decision on those counts, whether unanimous or not.

    Robert Blagojevich: "This Is a Slow Bleed for Me"

    [CHI] Robert Blagojevich:  "This Is a Slow Bleed for Me"
    Co-defendent and brother of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich reacts to news that after 11 days, jurors have only reached a verdict on two of 24 counts.
    (Published Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010)

    "You should deliberate on wire fraud counts to the extent necessary to enable you to decide on those counts," the note reportedly said.  "We recognize that your stated inability to reach agreement on other counts may establish to your satisfaction that you will be similarly unable to reach unanimity on the wire fraud counts. Nonetheless, a deliberative decision on those counts should be made even if it is a decision that you can't reach agreement."

    It's unclear what this news means for Rod's brother Robert Blagojevich, who is charged with one wire fraud counts as well as a conspiracy and an extortion charge.

    "It's a slow bleed for me," he said as he left the courtroom. " I don't know what to think. But I know I did nothing wrong."

    Rod hasn't addressed the media, but report from inside the court room say he looks nervous. He and his wife Patti talked with her brother Richard Mell.

    His lawyer Sam Adam  said he would follow the judges orders and not talk.

    "I'd be foolish to speculate," he said. "They're (the jurors) working hard."

    Jurors are currently at lunch. Once they return, they will recieve Zagel's note and likely go back to work.

    Stay tuned for more details as they come in.