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Blago almost beats the whole rap

“Blago almost beat it all!” the AP notes. And is this really vindication? “Three jurors indicated that Blago had nearly been nailed on trying to peddle the Senate seat. Jury foreman James Matsumoto told the Chicago Tribune that at one point, the panel had been unanimous in favor of convicting Blagojevich of the rap [No. 14, attempted extortion]. But one juror changed her mind after reviewing testimony Monday and wouldn't budge afterward, he said. Another juror, Erik Sarnello, said the female holdout ‘just didn't see what we all saw.’” The same juror also criticized the prosecution’s case. "It confused people," he said. "They didn't follow a timeline. They jumped around."