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Reading the tea leaves from Blago's jury


Lawyers, including a couple of former prosecutors, say the first two notes from the Rod Blagojevich jury could be sign that deliberations may take a while.

Yesterday, the jury asked for a transcript of the prosecution's detailed, step-by-step closing argument. Today, they asked for transcripts of the testimony of all 27 witnesses presented by the prosecution (Blago's defense did not present any witnesses).

Judge Zagel denied both requests. But on the first note, he speculated that the jury was having trouble walking through the 24 sometimes overlapping charges against Blagojevich. If the jury asked again, he said he might give the jury transcripts of all the closing arguments.

On the witness transcripts, he told the jury he'd consider giving them transcripts of individual witnesses on a case-by-case basis.