Rezko jury asks for day off

CHICAGO A family emergency prompted the jury, who has been deliberating in the case since May 13, to ask for an early dismissal. The judge agreed.

Rezko is accused of shaking down businesses that were seeking state contracts. He denies the charges.

Last week, the jurors sent a note to the judge asking to see transcripts from testimony in the trial. That request was denied.

The judge said jurors had to deliberate based on their memory of the testimony.

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