… 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 …