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Jurors Find Blagojevich Guilty on 17 Counts

Virginia Soto, Jorge Martinez, Dianne Hill
Day of recocking for Rod Blagojevich. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Chicago, IL-(ENEWSPF)- In the end, was Blagojevich right? "This is the way things are done in Illinois politics," the fomer governor once said.

The jury disagreed, finding Blagojevich guilty on 17 of 20 counts.

Blagojevich was found guilty on all wire fraud charges, guilty on two counts of attempted extortion, guilty on all charges regarding the racetrack bill and three charges relating to the United States Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama after Obama became president.

He was found not guilty on one count relating to the tollway plan. The jury returned no verdict on two counts.

The trial now enters the sentencing phase.

Before he left the court house, the former governor simply said he and his wife wanted to get home to see their "little girls." It appeared that both he and wife Patty had been crying.

Here are the verdicts:

Count Charge Subject Guilty Not Guilty No Verdict
1. Wire fraud Children’s Memorial  X    
2. Wire fraud Senate Seat  X    
3. Wire fraud Senate Seat  X    
4. Wire fraud Senate Seat  X    
5. Wire fraud Senate Seat  X    
6. Wire fraud Senate Seat  X    
7. Wire fraud Senate Seat  X    
8. Wire fraud Senate Seat  X    
9. Wire fraud Racetrack  X    
10. Wire fraud Senate Seat  X    
11. Attempted Extortion School      X
12. Attempted Extortion Children’s Memorial  X    
13. Solicitation of a bribe Children’s Memorial  X    
14. Extortion conspiracy Racetrack bill  X    
15. Conspiracy to solicit a bribe Racetrack bill  X    
16. Attempted Extortion Tollway plan      X
17. Solicitation of bribe Tollway plan   X  
18. Extortion conspiracy Senate seat  X    
19. Attempted extortion Senate seat  X    
20. Conspiracy to solicit a bribe Senate seat  X    

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