Blagojevich jurors begin 9th day of deliberations -

Blagojevich jurors begin 9th day of deliberations

CHICAGO (AP) -- Jurors are back at work for their ninth day of deliberations at the political corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

There's no indication about how close they might be to reaching a verdict. Jurors are only supposed to speak among themselves about the case, and they're kept away from reporters.

Some defense attorneys have spent their time awaiting word of a verdict in a courthouse cafeteria. Several say they're not sleeping well and can't focus on other work.

Blagojevich faces 24 counts, including charges of trying to sell or trade an appointment to Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat. His co-defendant brother, Robert Blagojevich, faces four.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

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