Lone juror 'refused to find Blagojevich guilty'
A single juror prevented former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich being convicted of selling Barack Obama's Senate seat, the jury foreman has said.
The juror, a female retiree, believed there wasn't sufficient evidence - "a smoking gun" - to warrant a conviction for corruption, James Matsumoto said.
"She saw it as, no crime was being committed. It was just talk - political talk," Mr Matsumoto told reporters.
The Chicago federal jury convicted Blagojevich of lying to FBI agents.
That charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail.
The jury was unable to reach unanimous verdicts on 23 other corruption charges. On several charges, the same juror held out.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
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