The federal jury weighing the fate of Springfield power broker William Cellini wrapped up deliberations for the day and will return on Friday.
It marked the first full day of deliberations after a juror was bounced this morning for an undisclosed conflict of interest and an alternate was added to the panel.
U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel, who is presiding over the trial, said the man informed a court officer of a conflict of interest on Wednesday, the day deliberations began in the extortion trial.
Zagel declined to reveal the nature of the conflict, saying he was sealing the matter until after the verdict. He did not elaborate.
The alternate who will now help decide Cellini’s fate is a woman, bringing the makeup of the jury to 10 women and two men.
Zagel instructed the jury in open court to begin deliberations from scratch.
Cellini, a longtime Springfield lobbyist and Republican fundraiser, is on trial on federal fraud and attempted extortion charges for allegedly trying to extort a campaign donation in 2004 for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich to keep his power over a state pension board.
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