Ex-Governor Blagojevich Found Guilty on One Charge

A federal jury today convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich of only one count against him: lying to the FBI. Jurors said they were deadlocked on the other 23 counts against the former governor, and all four counts against his brother Robert.

Blagojevich faces up to 5 years in prison. The former governor pursed his lips and shook his head slightly.

Patti rested her head on the chair in front of her and shook her head no several times.
Blagojevich looked at her with an annoyed look on his face.

As jurors filed out, Patti collapsed into her seat and the former governor’s attorney, Sam Adam Jr. moved next to Blagojevich and put his arm around him, rubbing his back.

The verdict was announced shortly before 4:30 p.m. after 14 days of deliberation.

“I intend to declare a mistrial” on the other 23 counts, U.S. District Judge James Zagel said. He gave the prosecution until Aug. 26 to decide whether to retry Blagojevich and his brother.

(Chicago Tribune)

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