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Blagojevich Retrial: Jurors From First Trial Offer Tips To Surviving

CHICAGO — Days into deliberations at former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s first corruption trial last August, a juror looked around the tense room, pointed to a spot in the corner and suggested they put a Christmas tree there. At the…

CHICAGO — Days into deliberations at former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s first corruption trial last August, a juror looked around the tense room, pointed to a spot in the corner and suggested they put a Christmas tree there. At the rate they were going, he joked, they could find themselves still deliberating in December.

Humor was one of the keys to jurors’ survival through 11 weeks of testimony and 14 days of sometimes contentious deliberations in Blagojevich’s first corruption trial that ended with them deadlocked on all but one of 24 counts.

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