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Jury Reaches Verdict In Rod Blagojevich Re-Trial: Guilty


Jun. 27 2011, Published 1:04 p.m. ET

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By Neil Woulfe - News Director

UPDATE: 12:18 PM PT: Former Governor Rod Blagojevich was found guilty of 17 counts, including corruption.  A federal jury convicted him in Chicago.

The jury in the re-trial of disgraced former Illinois Governor turned reality TV star Rod Blagojevich reached a verdict Monday, but at this time, the verdict is being kept under wraps.

However, we will soon know if Blagojevich has been found guilty or innocent -- the jury is expected to announce its verdicts on 18 of 20 public-corruption-related counts between 1pm-2pm CT Monday.

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Blagojevich, 54, is accused, among other things, of trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat that belonged to Barack Obama before he resigned to become president.

Last August, after a two-month trial and 14 days of deliberation, jurors deadlocked on 23 of the 24 charges Blagojevich had faced; prosecutors had the option of retrying him or not – they chose to.

The former governor was found guilty on one count of lying to FBI investigators, a conviction that could carry a prison sentence of five years.

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Following his indictment and throughout the trial and re-trial, Blagojevich has adamantly denied the charges.

Since being forced out of office in shame, Blagojevich has kept a high profile, appearing in a Chicago comedy show, releasing a book, and competing on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice; he’s also appeared on numerous chat shows including Late Show with David Letterman and The View. In the summer of 2009, his wife Patti appeared on the NBC reality show, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here.



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