August 17th, 2010
05:35 PM ET
12 years ago

Blagojevich found guilty on 1 charge; jury hung on 23

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" 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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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. June in Chicago

    This is unbelievable! Guilty on one count? Bunch of cowards in the Jury pool.

    August 17, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. Mikey

    Can we give him probation if he agrees to just agrees to go away? And if he could take Sarah, Levi, and a bunch of others with him......

    August 17, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Chris

    Let's see if Blago's penalty is compared to the penalty Dez Bryant of Oklahoma State recieved for 'making a false statement' to the NCAA...

    August 17, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. NoCountryLeftForKids

    Go Blago!!!

    August 17, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. isabelle

    I reaent the fact that Wolf Blitzer tried to insinuate obama knew what blagojevich was doing in talking about selling his seat.WHAT A COWARD YOU ARE WOLF to insinuate that Obama had something to do with it just to get ratings. I think maybe someone esle cn do better on the job.

    August 17, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. Jermiah

    Good for him. Those vultures need to find a better mission to champion and leave Blagojevich alone. The right-wing politicians are so concern about the deficit, yet they are will to place Blagojevich again at the expense of the tas payer. Go figure.

    August 17, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. Rickapolis

    I'm willing to bet that the 23 counts are all at a 11-1 vote. Someone got to one of the jurors.

    August 17, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. Dianne IL

    This man belongs in jail.

    August 17, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  9. Naqib


    Illinois politics... now maybe he will cut a deal on the one conviction and give up the rest of the Chicago Machine...

    August 17, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. hobart

    Same charge that stuck to Martha.

    August 17, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. Artemisios

    By calling for a retrial, the prosecution shows how none of us is safe from the judicial dictatorship. If the judge calls a mistrial, the prosecution can retry the case with unlimited resources. Thus, they reduce the defendant to penury. In a real democratic system, the retrial defense should be paid by the government.

    August 17, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Joan

    He may have only been found guilty on one count, but don't forget he was acquitted on zero counts. That means enough of the jurors felt that he was guilty so that he wasn't let off on any of the charges. He still has an uphill battle against him.

    August 17, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. Patrick

    I have no doubt that someone in Chicago politicis, maybe someone high up, paid off one of the jurors. I'm not a conspiracy theorist and always roll my eyes when I see crazy theories on the internet but we all heard the tapes. There was clear evidence. Either one juror (did they need just one to vote no or did it have to be a tie) was completely retarded (possible in Chicago) or they paid them off. This could be a fascinating book or movie one day. I hope he gets hung in the streets.

    August 17, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  14. Bob in PA

    Amazing how that happens in Chicago.
    Something sure smells in that crock and it's not fish.

    August 17, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    This guy is now officially vetted to switch parties and rise as a new beacon of false hope in the dimented [R] party.

    August 17, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. Dave

    Thank you, Chicago Tribune. The Federal Attorneys offices was in the midst of nailing this guy and someone in the investigation decided to talk about it to a Tribune reporter. One thing led to another and the Tribune called the Federal Attorney's office and said they were going to run with the story. Fitzgerald did everything but offer them the moon and the stars to keep the story from running because he knew he did not have enough of a case yet. The Tribune said tough luck and gave him 3 days. Fitzgerald readily admitted that he preferred not to bring charges at the moment but the Tribune forced his hand.

    Now we have a corrupt former governor who was found guilty of a lesser charge and a hung jury on the rest of the counts. 2.7 million dollars of the taxpayers wasted because of journalistic incompetence. All for the pursuit of a story. Go figure.

    August 17, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. Gerry NH

    Give him a job in the Justice Department he will just fit in.

    August 17, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. Peter s

    Just a single count! and the media destroyed that guys career!! It's called slash and burn!! by political pundit!!

    August 17, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    For a Democrat, isn't this is pretty much like getting a parking ticket?
    It's not even a moving violation.

    August 17, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  20. aunt Bea and Opie

    He can always get a job with ringling brothers circus as ring master or clown in chief,hahaha

    August 17, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. Dennis

    What do you expect from a Chicago jury? This is just business as usual. They think what Blago did was ordinary behavior for an elected official.

    August 17, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. Kathleen

    And how much did that cost the BANKRUPT STATE OF ILLINOIS???WHO BANRUPTED THEMSELVES, WITH HEFTY Pensions for their retirees. Look at your own state! Wonder WHY they are Bankrupt?
    See Illinois BIG SHOT Pensions at and you can then check your own state. THEY ARE STEALING US BLIND.

    THEN THE Republicans want to get rid of S.S. and Medicare! They will!
    Just think, when Bush was in office, he tried to banish or abolish or privitize S.S., but didn't have enough Republican votes! Just THINK if he did.

    Without the Tax Cuts for the RICH EXPIRING, WHO WILL PAY. THE SO CALLED HOBO'S who worked all their life to have their job sent overseas!!!!!!! Without Obama, we sink. America Sinks

    August 17, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. Indiana Voter

    Just another crooked Democrat getting his dues. When will the American people get rid of the culture of corruption that the Democrats are creating?

    August 17, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. southern cousin

    That this slimeball who comes from the same corrupt, union dominated sewer as the corrupt, inept president couldn't be convicted says more about the absolute low levels of morality and ethics of Chicago and its politicians than it does about the merits of the case. The unions have dragged this city so far down and the NEA has made sure that its people are so stupid they can't help but elect inept, corrupt slimeballs like Blago and Obama.

    August 17, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  25. works for me

    Now he's free to come to Florida and run with Rick Scott as Lt. Governor.
    One with hair (lots) and one that looks like Richard Cranium.

    August 17, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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