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Jury to resume Blagojevich deliberations Wednesday

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • NEW: No verdict was reached Tuesday
  • The ex-governor, accused of trying to sell Obama's old Senate seat, faces 20 charges
  • In August, a jury couldn't agree on 23 of 24 charges then filed against Blagojevich

Chicago (CNN) -- Federal jurors at the retrial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will begin their fourth day of deliberations Wednesday in the corruption case against him.

Charges against Blagojevich include trying to peddle the U.S. Senate seat that belonged to Barack Obama before he resigned to become president.

Blagojevich has denied any intention of bribery.

The jury is weighing the ex-governor's guilt or innocence on 20 public-corruption-related counts.

No verdict was reached Tuesday. Jurors gave no hint as to whether they are close to a verdict.

In August, after a two-month trial and 14 days of deliberation, jurors deadlocked on 23 of the 24 charges Blagojevich had faced. They found him guilty on one count of lying to FBI investigators, a conviction that could carry a prison sentence of five years.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Hamilton, in her closing arguments last week, recapped for the jury the various corruption charges against Blagojevich.

"The people are entitled to honest government," she said, according to CNN Chicago affiliate WLS.

The defense used a theme that Blagojevich just likes to talk and that he ended up with nothing. Attorney Aaron Goldstein said the "law is about intent," WLS reported. Goldstein said the prosecution hadn't met its burden of proof.

The accusation that Blagojevich tried to profit as he considered whom to appoint to succeed Obama, among other allegations, prompted his impeachment by Illinois' House of Representatives and his removal from office by the state Senate in 2009.