The jury has arrived at a verdict in the trial of former
Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Rod Blagojevich was found guilty of Count 24: False statement to the FBI
The jury was hung on all other of the 23 counts including the counts against Robert Blagojevich
Prosecutors say it is their every intention to retry Rod Blagojevich and are seeking a trial
A brief meeting before the judge wrapped up almost as soon as it began.
Lawyers discussed jury instructions for the forfeiture hearing that takes place if the governor or his brother are convicted on certain counts like racketeering or wire fraud.
At stake for Rod Blagojevich: Almost a half million dollars cited in the indictment.
Today, prosecutors also said they could go after the $2 million that was left in Rod Blagojevich's campaign account at the time he was arrested.
Before trial, the judge in this case approved that money to be used to pay for the ex-governor's legal defense.
As far as how much will be sought in the event of a guilty verdict, prosecutors have yet to make that public. It will be made clear during the actual forfeiture hearing expected to take place directly following the reading of the verdict.
The forfeiture hearing will be brief and will require additional financial evidence being brought to the jury so they can make a decision about seizing ill gotten gains.
The defense told WGN-TV that the pot of campaign money the judge has approved to cover legal fees for Blagojevich's defense has likely run out.
Lawyers are being paid public defender rates of $110/hour.
At last check, there was about $78,000 left in the court approved kitty.
But the team of lawyers representing the ex-governor have yet to submit their July bills.
They tell WGN that the total will exceed what is left.
The US Government will likely have to pick up the rest.
Jurors in the trial of Rod Blagojevich plan to break early tomorrow suggesting they are not quite ready to deliver a verdict.
Judge Zagels courtroom staff were notified by the jury they plan to break at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.
Day 9 of jury deliberations are underway.
Lawyers in the trial of Rod Blajojevich gathered outside Judge James Zagel's courtroom only to be told there is no news to report and that the jury was back cracking away at the 24 count indictment against the ex-Governor.
The last time the 12 member panel communicated with lawyers and the judge about the substance of the case was July 30th.
All requests made to the judge were denied.
For one week straight, they have worked silently behind closed doors.
Jurors are in their 10th day of deliberations in the trial of Rod Blagojevich and defense attorneys say anxiety is beginning to set in.
Sam Adam Sr. spoke briefly to reporters this morning at the federal courthouse.
Adam said he lives with constant butterflies in his belly and he can't sleep at night. His son, Sam Adam Jr. says emotionally he is all over the board--wondering if the jury is hung, if they are stuck on a few counts or stuck on many.
Michael Ettinger, attorney for Robert Blagojevich, told the press he thinks the jury is going to be out for awhile.
As for the defendants themselves, their lawyers say they are just trying to stay busy.
Rod talks to Sam Adam Sr. frequently throughout the day.
Adam says the Blago is trying to protect his family from the fallout of the verdict.
His 7-year old-daughter, Annie, "is scared she's going to lose her Daddy," said Adam. He went on to say, "Rod and Patti's biggest problem: not letting this get to their children."
As for looking ahead, lawyers for Blago say they have in the past and continue to refuse to prepare for the worst.
They all operate, as they have from the beginning, under the theory that Rod Blago is not a criminal.
Judge Zagel has received a note from the jury stating they have only come to agreement on two counts.
In addition they told the judge they haven't even considered 11 of the wire fraud counts.
They are deadlocked on remaining counts.
Jurors have taken a lunch break and attorneys for both sides have left the building.
Rod Blagojevich has decided to dine in at the courthouse cafe, presumably sticking around to hear if the jurors respond to the judge's last note asking them to decide one way or the other on the wire fraud counts.
Rod Blagojevich is spending the afternoon in the courthouse cafeteria answering questions to an 80's trivia game with questions being read by a TV news producer.
Blagojevich is waiting to see how the jury will respond to the judge's note that they work thru the wire fraud counts.
When one of his attorneys answered a trivia question correctly, Blagojevich joked, "Its always gratifying to see your lawyers get things right!"
Judge Zagel has called in the attorneys for a hearing on a question from the jurors.
The jury has requested a copy of former Deputy Gov. Bradley Tusk's testimony.
Judge has granted their request
Jurors have sent a note to the judge asking the court to provide a copy of the oath they took when sent to deliberate.
In a second question the jury asked the judge how to fill out the jury form when they can't reach a consensus on a particular count.
Prosecutor Reid Schar says in the interest of justice they do not intend to retry Robert Blagojevich.
However, the will retry the former Governor, Rod Blagojevich.
Judge Zagel has told attorney's in the Rod Blagojevich case that the "earliest feasible trial date" will be the first week of January.