Jury to resume Blagojevich deliberations Wednesday
June 15th, 2011
08:39 AM ET
2 years ago

Jury to resume Blagojevich deliberations Wednesday

CHICAGO (CNN) – Federal jurors at the retrial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will begin their fourth day of deliberations Wednesday in the corruption case against him.

Charges against Blagojevich include trying to peddle the U.S. Senate seat that belonged to Barack Obama before he resigned to become president.

Blagojevich has denied any intention of bribery.

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Blagojevich seeks release of Obama's FBI interview
April 4th, 2011
08:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Blagojevich seeks release of Obama's FBI interview

(CNN) – Lawyers for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich are asking a federal judge to order the government to turn over summaries of a December 2008 FBI interview with then President-elect Barack Obama.

In a motion filed Monday, Blagojevich's lawyer argued that Obama's interview might include information that contradicts witnesses expected to testify at the upcoming retrial for Blagojevich on corruption-related charges.

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Filed under: Rod Blagojevich
August 26th, 2010
08:11 AM ET
4 years ago

Blagojevich retrial date could be set Thursday

The date for Rod Blagojevich’s retrial could be announced Thursday.
The date for Rod Blagojevich’s retrial could be announced Thursday.

(CNN) - The date for round two in the Rod Blagojevich courtroom drama could be decided Thursday at a hearing.

Lawyers are scheduled to get together at a Chicago, Illinois, federal courtroom where they could decide the date for the retrial of Blagojevich.

Blagojevich was found guilty last week of lying to the FBI, but escaped convictions on 23 other counts in a trial seen as a partial victory for the former governor.

The jury, which deliberated for 14 days, said it was hung on the counts against him and the counts against the former governor's brother, Robert Blagojevich.

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Filed under: Rod Blagojevich
August 22nd, 2010
10:44 AM ET
4 years ago

Blagojevich won't rule out political comeback

 Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is not ruling out a political comeback.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is not ruling out a political comeback.

(CNN) - Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Sunday that he is not ruling out a return to politics once the legal process against him winds down.

The disgraced governor, who is accused of corruption for trying to sell President Barack Obama's former senate seat, said he is certain he will be acquitted and then would consider a political comeback

A jury that considered the case this month was hung on all but one count, finding Blagojevich guilty of making false statements to the FBI. He now faces a retrial.

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Filed under: Illinois • Rod Blagojevich
August 18th, 2010
08:30 AM ET
August 17th, 2010
05:35 PM ET
4 years ago

Blagojevich found guilty on 1 charge; jury hung on 23

 Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was found guilty on Tuesday of making false statements or representations to the FBI.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was found guilty on Tuesday of making false statements or representations to the FBI.

Chicago, Illinois (CNN) - Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was found guilty on Tuesday of making false statements or representations to the FBI.

The jury, which deliberated for 14 days, said it was hung on 23 other counts against him and on the charges against the former governor's brother, Robert Blagojevich.

The former governor faced charges including racketeering, wire fraud, attempted extortion and bribery. A two-term Democrat, he was removed from office in January 2009 amid accusations that he attempted to sell the U.S. Senate seat that had been occupied by Barack Obama before Obama was elected president.

"I feel bad for my brother," said Robert Blagojevich, who spoke outside the Chicago courthouse shortly after the jury's decision.

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Filed under: Rod Blagojevich
August 17th, 2010
01:48 PM ET
4 years ago

Judge: Blagojevich verdict could come this week

Chicago, Illinois (CNN) - A verdict in the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich could possibly come this week, the judge in the case said Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel said there is a "possibility" of a verdict this week and asked that the defendants remain within a half-hour travel distance from the courthouse.

Jurors deliberated for a 14th day Tuesday. They had two questions for Zagel - in the first, they asked for a copy of the oath they took when they were sent to deliberate.

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Filed under: Rod Blagojevich
August 12th, 2010
07:01 PM ET
4 years ago

Blagojevich jury agrees on two counts, but not on others

A federal jury continues to deliberate in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
A federal jury continues to deliberate in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Chicago, Illinois (CNN) - A federal jury weighing the fate of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in his corruption trial told the judge on Thursday it has reached unanimous agreement on two of the 24 counts, but cannot agree on 11 others and has yet to consider the rest.

"We have deliberated and have reached unanimous agreement on two counts and haven't been able to come to an agreements on the rest of the counts," the jury told U.S. District Judge James Zagel.

The judge gave the jurors instructions to re-examine their opinions and attempt to reach a unanimous verdict if possible. Later, the jury deliberations ended for the week, with plans for the panel to meet again on Monday.
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Filed under: Illinois • Rod Blagojevich
August 2nd, 2010
06:55 PM ET
4 years ago

Jurors done for the day in Blagojevich trial

Jurors are done deliberating for the day in the trial of Rob Blagojevich.
Jurors are done deliberating for the day in the trial of Rob Blagojevich.

Chicago, Illinois (CNN) - A third day of deliberations ended Monday with no decision in the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Jurors will return Tuesday morning to continue their work.

Testimony wrapped up last week and deliberations began Wednesday. Blagojevich said that after listening to his attorneys' advice, he decided not to take the stand in his own defense.

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Filed under: Illinois • Rod Blagojevich
July 21st, 2010
11:48 AM ET
4 years ago

Blago will not testify, lawyers rest their case

(CNN) – Lawyers for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich rested their case Wednesday without calling him to testify in his federal corruption trial.


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