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Rod Blagojevich Jury to Deliver Verdicts on 18 of 20 Counts

June 27, 2011

(Updates with verdict timing in second paragraph.)

June 27 (Bloomberg) -- The Chicago jury deciding the fate of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, standing trial for the second time on political corruption charges, said it has reached verdicts on 18 of 20 counts.

“The jury has come to a unanimous decision on 18 of the 20 counts,” the panel of 11 women and one man told U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel in a note today. Further deliberations were unlikely to resolve a deadlock on the remaining charges, they said. The prosecution and defense said they will accept the partial verdict, which will be announced after 1 p.m. Chicago time.

The twice-elected Democrat is accused by prosecutors of attempting to trade official acts, including the appointment of a U.S. senator to replace Barack Obama in 2008, for personal favors and campaign cash.

Opening statements in the trial were delivered May 2. The jury began deliberating June 10.

A different jury last year deadlocked on 23 of 24 counts, convicting Blagojevich, 54, on a single charge of lying to federal agents about whether he kept track of campaign contributions.

The case is U.S. v. Blagojevich, 08-cr-00888, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).

--Editors: Mary Romano, Andrew Dunn

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Harris in Chicago at aharris16@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net


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