Jury in Blagojevich retrial ends talks for the day

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Posted: Jun 13, 2011 5:32 PM
Jury in Blagojevich retrial ends talks for the day

Jurors at the corruption retrial of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have adjourned after their second day of deliberations.

Court officials said Monday afternoon that members of the jury had gone home for the day.

Monday was the first full day of sorting through evidence for the 11 women and one man on the jury. They deliberated for several hours Friday after receiving copies of jury instructions.

At the first trial, jurors deliberated for 14 days over a three-week period. But they deadlocked on all but one charge.

Jurors at the retrial include a librarian, school teacher and dietitian.

They are deciding on 20 counts, including charges that Blagojevich tried to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

Blagojevich has denied any wrongdoing.