Blagojevich jury asks for clarity on instructions
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
CHICAGO (AP) -- Jurors deliberating for a fifth day at the corruption retrial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have asked for clarification.
They sent a note Thursday to Judge James Zagel asking for clarification of jury instructions that serve as a guide in their deliberations.
The instruction they asked about dealt with the first ten of 20 counts Blagojevich faces.
All ten are wire fraud counts and most relate to allegations that Blagojevich sought to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat.
After reading the note in court, Zagel said he wasn't certain what words jurors didn't understand. He replied telling them to look at the instruction again. If they still need help, he said they should send another note specifying what they don't understand.
Blagojevich has denied any wrongdoing.