Blagojevich Convicted On 17 Counts In Corruption Retrial

Law360, New York (June 27, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT) -- A federal jury on Monday convicted former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich on 17 counts of attempted extortion, wire fraud, bribery and other corruption charges, overwhelmingly siding with government allegations that he tried to sell President Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat and orchestrated illegal shakedowns.

The jury acquitted Blagojevich on one count of bribery and remained deadlocked on the two remaining counts of attempted extortion, revealing its findings on its 10th day of deliberations in the politician’s corruption retrial. The verdict resolved 18 of the 20...
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