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Blagojevich Guilty On 17 Counts Of Public Corruption

June 28, 2011 by  

Blagojevich Guilty On 17 Counts Of Public Corruption

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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  • Cawmun Cents

    Can you say”scapegoat?”I knew that you could…..-CC.

  • Palin12

    I would have loved to see the bewildered looks on the faces of Blogojevich’s defense lawyers as the guilty verdicts were handed down. Especially the scumbag lawyer from his first trial who recently predicted that Blago would be found not guilty on all counts during the retrial. Now I have to wonder if Blogo will turn state’s evidence against Obummer and Rahm.

  • Raggs

    Good now lets get oblama on at least as many counts!

  • JimH

    Another Illinios Ex- Governor who gets to retire to a “gated community”.
    They serve their term and then they serve their sentence.

  • Palin12

    “Oh no, I had absolutely nothing to do with that.”….Hillary Clinton

  • Cheryl lynn

    I just can’t believe he filed an appeal and it went that bad. Five years in prison should be enough. Killers and bank robbers get less. I don’t like the guy. but more than five would be excessive for being a big mouth. Chicago. San Francisco, New York and other corrupt cities need to clean up there act.

    • Palin12

      I would like to see 20-to-life to set an example to further corrupt politicians from Illinois.

  • http://hubscher1@earthlink.net bob hubscher

    Ahmen brother. Hang them high. The truth will set us free and send them to jail.

  • Doug Rodrigues

    Okay, Obama began his political career in Illinois. Obama should also be prosecuted for political fraud for not being a natural born American citizen, yet holding the office of President. The fraud began in Illinois and should be prosecuted there. I won’t hold my breath.

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