Rod Blagojevich, Former Illinois Governor, Found Guilty on 17 Counts
A jury has found former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich guilty on 17 counts in his second trial for corruption, the Chicago Tribune reports. The jury delivered no verdict for two counts and one not guilty decision. Last August, he was found guilty of lying to the FBI, but the jury hung on all 24 other counts. This go-around he faced charges of "wire fraud, attempted extortion, bribery, extortion conspiracy and bribery conspiracy," according to the New York Times. Throughout the entire circus Blago has maintained his innocence, and even testified for seven days; he did not testify during the first trial. This probably hurts as much as getting fired on Celebrity Apprentice. After the verdict was read, Blago turned to his wife Patti and whispered, "I love you." [Chicago Tribune]
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Village Voice's biggest stories.