Today is a bad day to be Blago. The former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been found guilty on 17 out of 20 counts of corruption. He was only acquitted on one count, and the jury hung on two others. The Wall Street Journal brings us the breaking news.
A federal jury on Monday found former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich guilty of 17 counts of corruption, including trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.
The jury found Mr. Blagojevich not guilty on one of 20 corruption counts in his second trial and deadlocked on two other counts. The verdicts came more than two years after Mr. Blagojevich, 54 years old, was arrested by federal agents.
Jurors told the judge they couldn’t agree on two counts and were confident they wouldn’t concur even if they kept deliberating.
Scores of onlookers gathered outside the courthouse to await the verdict. Mr. Blagojevich arrived looking pale and shook hands and kissed a woman on the cheek when she wished him good luck.
He’s the second Illinois governor in a row to be convicted of corruption. There must be something in the water.
I wonder if he’ll do a reality show from prison.