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‘Whitey’ Bulger Trial Enters Fourth Day After Judge Urges Jurors to Reach Verdict on All Counts

 

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jurors in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger entered the fourth day of deliberations today after a judge urged them Thursday to try to reach a verdict on each of the racketeering counts, the Boston Globe reports.

“You have a duty to attempt to reach agreement on each of the racketeering acts . . . if you can do so conscientiously,” Judge Casper told jurors.

That’s a tall task for jurors considering a 32-count indictment that includes murder, the Globe reported.

One of Bulger’s attorneys, J.W. Carney, Jr., said he’s happy to see thoughtful deliberations.

“All Americans can be proud of this jury,” he said. “They have taken their constitutional role with great seriousness and are clearly looking closely at the evidence, evaluating the credibility of witnesses, and applying the instructions given to them by Judge Casper.”

 

Chicago Jurors Still Going at it in Ex-Gov. Blagojevich Case

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Can you say Day 11?

Well, Wednesday marks the 11th day jurors will deliberate in the federal public corruption case against the over-chatty ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich in downtown Chicago.

The Associated Press reports that U.S. District Judge James Zagel told attorneys on Tuesday that he’s heard nothing from the jurors as of late.

The last note jurors sent to the judge was July 30. If we could only stick a camera in the jury room we’d have a pretty good reality TV show.

Blago Jury Enters 9th Day of Deliberations

Rod Blagojevich/facebook photo

Rod Blagojevich/facebook photo

UPDATE: Tues, 10:55 p.m. — Jurors begin the 10th day of deliberations.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Let the nail biting continue.

Jurors in the public corruption trial of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich begin deliberating Monday for the ninth day in U.S. District Court in downtown Chicago.

Good chance a verdict will come by week’s end — or least the public will get a good indication where the jury stands.

Jurors have had to sift through a weighty 24-count indictment which includes allegations that the ex-governor tried to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Obama. Blago’s brother Robert faces four counts.

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Blago Jury Enters 6th Day of Deliberations

Rod Blagojevich/from his website

Rod Blagojevich/from his website

UPDATE: Wed. 10:46 p.m. — Jurors failed to reach a verdict Wednesday. Thursday will mark the 7th day of deliberations.
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

No surprise that federal jurors in the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial haven’t reached a verdict yet after five days considering they have 24 counts to sift through.

Wednesday will mark the start of the sixth day of deliberations. Don’t be surprised if a verdict doesn’t come til Friday at the earliest, and more likely, next week.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 11 of counts center around an alleged plan to sell the senate seat vacated by President Obama.

Also on Wednesday, attorneys in the case will meet with the judge to talk about the possibility of jurors considering seizing Blago’s property if he’s found guilty, the Associated Press reported.

Meanwhile, Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed reports that the ex-governor spent Tuesday celebrating his daughter Amy’s 15th birthday.

“The family is being very low key and pretty much staying behind closed doors,”a source said, according to Sneed. “Rod is still jogging, he is not writing a book about his trial experience and other than talking to his lawyers . . . no friends are visiting. After all, all his friends testified against him.”