Monday, June 27, 2011

Ousted governor is guilty...

Watching coverage of this case on TV right now. Former Governor Rod Blagojevich has more guilty verdicts beyond the the one charge he already has over him from the first trial. So it's guilty on 17 counts with one count not guilty and 2 counts where there was no decision:
Blagojevich was convicted on all 11 counts on the sale of the U.S. Senate and all three counts on the shakedowns of Children’s Memorial Hospital and a racetrack executive.

The jury acquitted him on one count and deadlocked on a second count accusing him of shaking down a construction executive. It also deadlocked on the one count alleging Blagojevich shook down then-U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel.

This marks the second time in less than a year that the 54-year-old Blagojevich, the onlyIllinois chief executive ever impeached and ousted from office, had been convicted of a crime. The jury at his first trial last summer found him guilty of lying to theFBI, though that panel deadlocked on all the other counts. That impasse set the stage for a retrial.

This time the verdict was unequivocal, with the jury of 11 women and one man finding Blagojevich guilty on 17 criminal counts he faced, including charges of wire fraud, attempted extortion, bribery and conspiracy. The marquee charge in the case involved an attempt by Blagojevich in late 2008 to cash in on his power to name a replacement in the U.S. Senate for newly electedPresident Barack Obama.
BTW, here's a video of interest. A juror from the first trial speaks she was the holdout that only allowed a guilty verdict for lying to the FBI. This interview aired on Chicago Tonight last week. [VIDEO]

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