CHICAGO (AP) — Jurors weighing corruption charges against impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich include a former church choir director, a bartender and dietician.
The 11 women and one man begin their first full day of deliberations Monday.
Jurors at Blagojevich’s first trial deadlocked after a lone holdout prevented conviction on allegations he sought to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.
One thing this jury has that jurors last year didn’t is Blagojevich’s testimony. He didn’t take the stand last year but testified for seven days this time.
Trying to guess how retrial jurors will vote based on their backgrounds is an inexact science.
The defense may believe a mostly female jury helps them. But jury consultant Beth Foley says verdicts rarely break down along gender lines.
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