Blagojevich Guilty On 17 Counts Of Public Corruption

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Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was found guilty on 17 of 20 counts of public corruption associated with attempting to sell President Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat.

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was found guilty Monday on 17 of 20 counts of public corruption associated with attempting to sell President Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat.

“He was found guilty of all 10 counts involving wire fraud — each of which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The other 10 involved extortion and bribery. Most of the counts have a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison,” CNN.com reported. “The jury acquitted Blagojevich on one count of bribery and was unable to reach verdicts on two counts of attempted extortion.”

“I frankly am stunned,” Blagojevich told reporters after leaving the courtroom, according to the article. “There’s not much left to say, other than we want to get home to our little girls and talk to them and explain things to them and then try to sort things out.”

A previous trial resulted in a mostly deadlocked jury, who, after 14 days of deliberation, found Blagojevich guilty only of lying to FBI investigators. The jury in this trial, composed of 11 women and one man, reached their verdicts after 10 days of deliberation, according to the article.

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