Trials & Litigation

Blagojevich Jurors Want Copy of Oath; Defense Lawyer Regains His Appetite

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Jurors in the political corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have asked the judge in the case to supply a copy of the jury oath.

Jurors also asked U.S. District Judge James Zagel how to fill out the jury form for counts on which they can’t reach agreement, according to stories by WLS, the Associated Press and the Blago Blog of the Chicago Sun-Times.

The jurors, who have been deliberating for 14 days, will get the jury oath and instructions on how to fill out the form.

The Blago Blog reports that the news left prosecutors looking “serious and dour; the defense team, on the other hand, appeared more jovial than usual.” In a previous post, the Blago Blog reported that defense lawyer Sam Adam Jr. has lost 30 pounds since the trial began, but finally was able to eat a full meal over the weekend.

Adam said he was feeling good about the long deliberations.

“They said we were going to get steamrolled,” Adam told the blog. “None of the pundits predicted this.”

“People said we were nuts, we were crazy for having him be public, for having him make statements, for having him make the tactics we were taking and not pleading him.”

Whatever the verdict, Adam said, the jurors have “done their American civic duty.”

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