What's Confusing the Blagojevich Jury?
While no one other than the participants and judge has seen the entire note the jury sent out in the trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Wednesday, from the media description, I don't see what's so mysterious about it. The money quotes, first from the Chicago Tribune:
From the Chicago Sun Times:
U.S. District Judge James Zagel, reading from a note from jurors, said they had made “a reasonable attempt” after deliberating 11 days and had done so “without rancor.”
The jury indicated it wanted to know what happens if it cannot agree on a unanimous decision on every count. The panel had matched up specific acts in the case to individual counts and was unclear on what to do next, the note said. “What is the next logical step?” the jury asked in its note. [my emphasis]
Separately, one defense lawyer said that jurors also indicated they couldn't reach a conclusion on counts involving a "specific act."
My take: The jury matched up some, but not all acts with counts. It sounds to me like the jury is unable to resolve the two RICO (racketeering)counts (one charging substantive RICO and the other charging conspiracy to commit RICO.) The RICO counts require the jury to find Rod Blagojevich committed (or for conspiracy, agreed that some member of the conspiracy would commit)at least two acts of racketeering, and they have to be unanimous on at least two acts. [More..]
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