Sunday, August 22, 2010

American Juries

The former governor of the state of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, was convicted of only one count (out of 24) in the criminal case concerning his attempt to "sell" the Senate seat left vacant by Barack Obama. The jury deliberated for two weeks before reporting that they were deadlocked and couldn't reach unanimity on the other 23 counts. The prosecution is planning on re-trying the governor on the other charges. You can find out more about the case and hear jury consultant Karen Fleming-Ginn explain her job here on Talk of the Nation. 16 min 33 sec, transcript available.