Blago jurors ask for testimony transcripts

July 30, 2010 4:30:31 PM PDT
Jurors in the corruption trial of former governor Rod Blagojevich had a second question for the judge on Friday, their second full day of deliberations. A note, signed by the jury foreman, was given to Judge James Zagel, "Is it permissible to obtain the transcript of the testimony? That would be helpful. Thank you"

Judge Zagel interpreted the note to mean the jurors wanted transcripts from all witnesses. He said he would consider requests on "specific witness" and sent a note back saying as much.

Attorneys for Blagojevich objected, saying they feared it would give prosecutors the chance to replay their case in the jury room. The defense called no witnesses during the trial.

Also on Friday, Judge Zagel denied the defense's motion for a mistrial, which was filed on Wednesday.

On Thursday, jurors had asked the judge for a copy of the prosecution's closing arguments. That was denied.

Blagojevich and his brother, Robert, have pleaded not guilty to charges of trying to sell or trade an appointment to the U.S. Senate and illegally pressuring people for campaign donations.


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