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Blagojevich Jury Asks for Guidance

Chicago, IL – Jurors in the corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich have sent a note to the judge suggesting they might be deadlocked on some counts.

The note read in court on Wednesday says the jurors are asking for guidance if they can't reach a unanimous decision on at least some counts. They say they've made "a reasonable attempt" and did so without rancor.

In court, US District Judge James Zagel said he'll send back a note asking the jury members to clarify which counts they're undecided on.

Early in deliberations jurors sent two other notes to the judge. Wednesday was the 11th day of jury deliberations.

Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to 24 counts, including charges of trying to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated US Senate seat.

Thanks to the Illinois Associated Press