Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Blagojevich Guilty On 1 Count; All Other Counts Deadlocked; Case To Be Retried
Former Illinois Governor, Rod R. Blagojevich, 53, (Democrat-Illinois), was found guilty on just one of the 24 fraud and corruption counts he was tried for. The federal jury found Blagojevich guilty on the charge of lying to federal agents. On this count he will face up to 5 years in prison. The jury was deadlocked on the 23 other counts and U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel declared a mistrial on those charges. Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar declared that the government would re-try the case. He had been charged for, among other things, using his office to attempt to "sell" the U.S. Senate seat vacated by now-president Barack Obama.