‘Blago’ found guilty
A federal jury has found ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich guilty of one count of lying to federal agents. The jury returned its verdict on Tuesday in the corruption case against Blagojevich.
Blagojevich, 53, had pleaded not guilty to 24 counts, including charges he tried to sell or trade Barack Obama’s old Senate seat for a high-paying job or campaign cash.
His 54-year-old brother, Robert Blagojevich, a Nashville businessman, faced four counts and also pleaded not guilty.
Judge James Zagel said he intends to declare a mistrial on the remaining counts.
Prosecutors said after the verdict was read they intend to retry the case against Blagojevich and his brother as soon as possible. Zagel set a hearing for Aug. 26 to decide the 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.