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Blagojevich jurors deliberate for 5th day

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By Afton Spriggs By Afton Spriggs


CHICAGO (AP) -- Jurors have begun a fifth day of deliberations at the political corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his brother, Tennessee businessman Robert Blagojevich.

A federal marshal stepped into a 25th floor hallway at the federal courthouse in Chicago on Tuesday morning and told a dozen assembled reporters that jurors are back at work on the case.

Several defense lawyers and prosecutors are among those hanging around the court nervously awaiting a verdict. Several are biding their time in a second floor cafeteria.

There's no way to know how close jurors are to a verdict or whether there are disputes among them.

Both Blagojevich brothers have pleaded not guilty to charges that accuse them of trying to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.

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