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The Associated Press. Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich talks to the media at the Federal Court building Tuesday in Chicago. Next to Blagojevich is his wife, Patti.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Jurors were close to convicting Blagojevich

CHICAGO -- They were close. After three weeks of respectful but increasingly tense deliberations, 11 jurors were ready to convict Rod Blagojevich of what prosecutors called a ''political corruption crime spree'' that would have sent yet another former Illinois governor to prison.

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