Ex-governor Rod Blagojevich found guilty of lying to federal agents – jurors deadlocked on 23 other counts
August 17, 2010
(ChattahBox) – A federal jury in Chicago has found former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich only guilty on 1 of the 24 charges in his corruption trial. Blagojevich, 53, who has long maintained his innocence, had entered a plea of not guilty on all 24 counts, which include charges that he attempted to sell the Illinois Senate seat vacated by President Obama after the 2008 election.
Jurors deliberated for 14 tense days, at one point last week telling the judge that they were deadlocked and could not come to agreement. Finally the jury could only come to a unanimous verdict on one count, that of lying to federal officers, which carries up to a five-year sentence. The jury also deadlocked on all four counts against the former governor’s brother, Robert. U.S. District Judge James Zagel has given the prosecution until Sept. 7 to decide whether to re-try Blagojevich, and prosecutors vowed to re-try the case “as soon as possible.”