Blagojevich Jurors Suggest They May Be Deadlocked

"After more than a week of silence, jurors in the corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich threw the courtroom into confusion Wednesday when they sent a note to the judge suggesting they may be deadlocked on at least some counts. In their 11th day of deliberations, the jurors told Judge James B. Zagel that they had made ""a reasonable attempt"" to reach a unanimous decision, but asked for guidance if they can't reach a unanimous decision on any given count. Zagel, who read their note aloud in court, said he would send a reply asking jurors to be clearer about what they meant so that he could advise them. He said he would tell them it was OK to agree on some counts but not others. Michael Ettinger, the attorney for Rod Blagojevich's brother, co-defendant Robert Blagojevich, said neither the judge nor attorneys in court understood exactly what the note was saying. ""We don't know what it means. The judge doesn't know what it means,"" Ettinger said. He said the jurors had gone home for the day, and the judge would have another hearing at 11 a.m. Thursday."