Jury Finds Blagojevich Guilty Of Corruption

Jun 27, 2011

A jury found former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojovich guilty of corruption.

Blagojevich was found guilty of 17 of 20 counts against him. He was found guilty of trying to sell President Obama's vacated Senate seat.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Blagojevich showed no reaction as the jury found him guilty on 17 of 20 counts against him. He then sat back in his chair with his lips pursed and looked toward his wife Patti with disappointment on face. The jury deadlocked on two counts and found him not guilty of one count.

As he left his Ravenswood Manor home for the courtroom today, Blagojevich had told reporters, "My hands are shaking, my knees are weak." He said he was praying for the best. "It's in God's hands."

WGN-TV reported during their live coverage that Blagojevich's wife, Patti, reacted to each count.

The AP provides some background on the trial:

He testified for seven days, denying wrongdoing. Prosecutorssaid he lied and the proof was on FBI wiretaps. Those included awidely parodied clip in which Blagojevich calls the Senateopportunity "f------ golden."

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