"I had him guilty on all counts," said James Matsumoto, 66, a Vietnam veteran and retired television station librarian who served as foreman.MSNBC quoted another juror, Stephen Wlodek, as saying that "the people of the state just did not have justice served."
Matsumoto and juror Erik Sarnello said the most sensational allegation -- that Blagojevich tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's Senate seat -- was the one that most jurors agreed was true.
"For a lot of us, the Senate seat was the most obvious," said [Erik] Sarnello, a 21-year-old College of DuPage student from Itasca.
Unlike some juries that report angry deliberations and even physical confrontations, jurors in the Blagojevich case said that while there was arguing, it was always respectful. "No yelling," Sarnello said. But he and Wlodek told the AP that after three weeks, it was clear one juror, a woman they wouldn't name, would not be swayed.
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