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Blagojevich Found Guilty on 17 of 20 Counts

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By Doug Powers  •  June 27, 2011 03:35 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

So it’s settled: Quoting Elvis before your verdict is announced won’t ward off a conviction:

CHICAGO (AP) — A jury convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Monday of nearly all the corruption charges against him, including that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

Blagojevich had faced 20 charges, including the Senate seat allegation and that he schemed to shake down executives for campaign donations. He was convicted on all charges regarding the Senate seat.

Jurors delivered their verdicts Monday after deliberating nine days.

Blagojevich had testified for seven days, denying wrongdoing. Prosecutors said he lied and the proof was on FBI wiretaps. Those included a widely parodied clip in which Blagojevich calls the Senate opportunity “f—— golden.”

Blago will be the fourth Illinois governor to go to prison (also known as the “secure wing of the Governor’s Mansion”) since 1973. He might be weird, but he does not like to break tradition.

**Written by Doug Powers

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