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CHICAGO (AP) -- Jurors in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have asked the judge how they should mark the verdict form if they can't reach a decision on a count.

They also asked for a copy of the oath they took before they began deliberating.

Judge James B. Zagel said in his response that they shouldn't mark the form if they haven't been able to reach an agreement but should state that they couldn't agree. He said he will provide a copy of the oath.

Zagel also said that the defendants should be only a half-hour away from the court this week because of the possibility of a verdict within several days.

Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to trying to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old Senate seat and leverage the power of his office for personal gain.

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CHICAGO (AP) -- It's the 14th day of deliberations in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Jurors are likely to start the day Tuesday by going through transcripts of witness testimony they requested in a note to the judge Monday.

The judge agreed to hand over the transcripts of former deputy governor Bradley Tusk's testimony. They're the first witness transcripts jurors will have with them in the jury room since they started deliberating at the end of July.

Tusk testified that Blagojevich planned to hold up a $2 million grant to a school in then-Congressman Rahm Emanuel's district until his Hollywood-agent brother held a fundraiser.

Tusk said he ignored a Blagojevich directive to deliver the message.

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CHICAGO (WKOW) -- After a three-day weekend, jurors in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich return Monday for the 13th day of deliberations.

The jury could soon provide additional word about whether they've reached full agreement. They sent a note to Judge James Zagel last week, indicating they are stuck on several of 24 counts. They say they've only reached a unanimous decision on two.

If the jury can't agree, Zagel could accept a partial verdict and declare the jury hung on undecided charges. That could result in prosecutors retrying Blagojevich.

Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to all 24 counts, including trying to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

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CHICAGO (WKOW) -- Jurors deliberating the corruption case against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich are taking Friday off, saying they're stalled.

The jury does not plan to give any public clues about what they're thinking. On Thursday, jurors told the judge they could only agree on two of 24 counts, raising speculation from legal experts. Judge James B. Zagel told the jury to deliberate further.

The jurors have met Monday through Friday since they began deliberations two weeks ago. A brief statement from a court clerk said the jurors wouldn't be in Friday, but it didn't explain why.

Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him, including that he tried to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Jurors in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich say they have reached agreement on just two of 24 counts against him. The judge says he'll tell them to go back and deliberate some more.

The jurors said Thursday they have not discussed 11 counts of wire fraud. They indicated they have discussed the remaining 11 counts and appear to be deadlocked on them.

The jury had sent a note to Judge James B. Zagel on Wednesday saying they were stuck, and Zagel had asked for clarification. Zagel said he wants the jury to go back and discuss the wire fraud counts.

Blagojevich and his brother have pleaded not guilty to charges including trying to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat.

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CHICAGO (WKOW) -- There's a chance the more than two-month corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich could be over within hours or days.

Attorneys are meeting in court Thursday to await a note from jurors offering clarity about what charges they're deadlocked on.

A Wednesday note hinting at disagreement didn't say clearly if just a few counts or perhaps even all were in question. Judge James Zagel responded by asking for details.

Once more information is given, Zagel could tell jurors to keep deliberating and try to agree any undecided counts.

But if they've agree on most counts, he could simply let jurors announce verdicts on the counts they are unanimous on. That would effectively end the trial.

Thursday's the 12th day of jury deliberations.

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