Rod Blagojevich Case Goes to the Jury

It's in God's hands.”

— Rod Blagojevich

The jury in the corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has finished hearing the legal instructions from the judge and has been sent to begin deliberations in private.

It took U. S. District Judge James Zagel a little more than an hour to instruct the panel.

Zagel told the group the only proper way to communicate with him is in writing signed by the foreperson.

"If you have a numerical division at that time," he said, don’t specify it in any note.

The jury left the courtroom to begin deliberations at 11:48 a.m., according to a clock in the courtroom.

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has left the courthouse, telling reporters, "It's in God's hands."

Blagojevich said he and his wife, Patti, are especially thankful for the supporters who have greeted them each day of the trial.

"I cannot begin to tell you how much that means to Patti and me," he said as he stood before a bank of news cameras.

A number of people have thanked him for his time as governor, including senior citizens who have shown him their cards allowing them to ride the CTA for free, Blagojevich said.