- There are 6 women and 6 men
- There are 8 Caucasians
- There are 3 African Americans
- There is 1 Asian
They will decide their deliberating schedule for this phase. It is yet to be announced. They will choose their foreman as well. Patti and Rod Blagojevich are both here. He brought a smile to face the crowds, she brought her knitting. She's making a blue shawl.
The judge says, alternate jurors will be the last five jurors selected in the lot. They will be excused after the entire panel receives instructions. The five will be asked not to talk to the media or have any contact with information connected to the trial.
Zagel said in court today ,regarding a quick verdict, "I'm not anticipating one."
The jury of 12 will go back to the jury room with an indictment, the 136 pages of jury instructions and all the exhibits from the 2 months of trial; that includes all exhibits, including FBI tapes and all transcripts.
On a different matter, Rod Blagojevich's attorney, Sam Adam Jr., turned 38 today. He said he lost 32 pounds because of the trial: long preparation, no lunch for 2 months and stress contributed to a slimmer Sam Adam Jr.
The reading of the jury instructions aloud in court, began at 10:35 a.m.
Patti held back tears as judge talked about being the one who does sentencing.