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article imageRod Blagojevich convicted of lying to federal investigators

By Andrew Moran     Aug 17, 2010 in Politics
Chicago - Former Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, has been convicted of one minor charge: submitting a false statement to federal investigators. The jury was hung on 23 other counts and the judge will declare a mistrial.
According to the Associated Press, former Illinois Governor, Rod Blagojevich, was found guilty of one count: providing a false statement to federal investigators. The judge said he will call a mistrial on the other 23 counts but prosecutors said they would immediately retry the case.
The jury deliberated for 14 days but could not reach a unanimous verdict on the corruption counts. Jurors also could not come to a decision for the charges against Blagojevich’s brother, Robert, a Nashville businessman.
The court quickly filled up at approximately 5 p.m. to hear the verdict, reports CNN.
Legal experts are calling this a victory for Blagojevich’s team of lawyers.
If convicted, the former Governor could have faced up to $6 million in fines and up to 415 years in prison.
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