And the verdict in the Blago trial is … GUILTY

Posted by: ST on August 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm

… coming shortly.

Multiple news outlets have reported that the judge has been handed the verdict. Will update ASAP.

Update – 5:32 PM: Verdict? Guilty:

CHICAGO (AP) _ Federal jury convicts former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of lying to federal agents.

Update 2 – 5:52 PM: A more detailed report:

CHICAGO – A federal jury found former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich guilty on Tuesday of one count of lying to federal agents, and the judge said he intends to declare a mistrial on the remaining counts.

Prosecutors said immediately after the verdict was read that they intend to retry the case against Blagojevich and his co-defendant brother as soon as possible. He had faced 24 counts in all. Judge James B. Zagel set a hearing for Aug. 26 to decide manner and timing of the retrial.

The count on which Blagojevich was found guilty included accusations that he lied to federal agents when he said he did not track campaign contributions and kept a “firewall” between political campaigns and government work. It carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.

Glad he was found guilty on the one count but, er, I thought he was much guiltier than that …

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  1. steveegg says:

    Further update from the AP via Chicago Sun-Times – There was one holdout on conviction on the Senate sale charges.

  2. Jo says:

    If Blago goes down, he may not go alone. How far up does the corruption go?

  3. Lorica says:

    They need to move this out of Chicago. I bet if they moved it to downstate IL, they would have folk lining up to find this criminal guilty. One lone hold out, gotta wonder just how much that cost Blago. – Lorica

  4. Carlos says:

    Lorica, it probably didn’t cost Bloggo a red cent. Jo touches on it, but it was probably someone higher up.

    Like someone at the WH, maybe? Or any of the dozens behind the scenes in Illinois?