UPDATE: All parties have now gathered in the courtroom for the reading of the verdict as of 4:00 p.m. CST. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has joined his federal prosecutor team in the courtroom.
UPDATE II: Blagojevich has been found guility on Count 24 of the indictment for lying to federal investigators only . The jury could not reach a verdict on 23 other counts according to a live feed from WGN. Judge Zagel is declaring a mistrial on all of the other counts on which the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict. This is a big blow to the government's case against the former governor. Federal prosecutors immediately told Judge Zagel they intend to retry Blagojevich and his brother on the remaining counts.
Check out this video below. Blagojevich's attorney, Sam Adam, Sr., goes off on Patrick Fitzgerald calling him "nuts."
UPDATE III: The government can take some solace in news reports today that all jurors with the exception of one agreed Blagojevich was guilty of trying to sell Obama's Senate seat. It looks like the jurors are giving the government a roadmap on how to proceed in the next trial in presenting its case against the former governor. The Sun-Times gives this perspective from jurors today:
After 14 days in the jury room, the six men and six women finally acknowledged Monday they would be able to reach a unanimous verdict on only one of the 24 counts.
While some votes were split 7-5, 6-6 or 9-3, the most explosive of the charges -- that Blagojevich tried to sell Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat -- came down to a single holdout vote, jurors said.
That one holdout -- a woman whom her colleagues declined to single out -- felt she had not gotten the "clear-cut evidence" she needed to convict, Sarnello said.
"Say it was a murder trial -- she wanted the video," Sarnello said. "She wanted to hear [Blagojevich] say, 'I'll give you this for that.' . . . For some people, it was clear. Some people heard that. But for some, it wasn't clear.''
Matsumoto said jurors were overwhelmed by the number of counts and the amount of evidence in the case. While the secret recordings were "damning," he said, it wasn't enough for all the jurors.
"The lack of a smoking gun was one of the major flaws,'' the foreman said.
Sarnello said jurors were also frustrated by a lack of order in the government's case.
"It confused some people, just the way they presented it," said Sarnello, a student from Itasca. Prosecutors "didn't really follow a timeline at all."
So in the jury room, jurors created their own timelines on large sheets of paper, charting out each of the years from 2001 to the ex-governor's 2008 arrest.
They postponed discussing a list of 11 wire fraud counts, reasoning that these charges were related to other topics they were already talking about. Instead, they focused on the most explosive Senate seat charges.
Matsumoto, a Vietnam veteran and retired videotape librarian who voted the Blagojevich brothers guilty on all counts, said by day 14, the jury was "exhausted."
"The deliberations were constant from the time we went into the jury room until [Tuesday]," Matsumoto said. "I kind of enjoyed it, the trial part. But as soon as we started deliberations, it was very troubling, and very hectic and exhausting."