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Holdout Juror at Blagojevich Trial Explains Vote

Friday, 27 Aug 2010 07:47 AM

The lone holdout juror on some counts at former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich's political corruption trial says she had a responsibility to follow her conscience and she stands by her vote.

In her first interview since the trial, JoAnn Chiakulas tells the Chicago Tribune she would not have been able to live with herself if she had gone along with the other jurors.

The jury last week convicted Blagojevich of lying to the FBI but deadlocked on the 23 other counts against him.

Chiakulas says she didn't believe Blagojevich committed a crime when it came to filling President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat. She says she found his recorded statements on the Senate vacancy to be so disorganized that it didn't reach the level of a criminal conspiracy.

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