Governor Rod Blagojevich Found Guilty On 17 Charges
Disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has just been convicted in Federal Court on seventeen of the twenty charges he faced, including conspiracy to sell President Barack Obama’s seat in the United States Senate to the highest bidder. The verdict is a huge win for Federal prosecutors who charged him once before but ended up with a hung jury.
The sentencing portion of the trial is yet to begin, but if given the maximums, Blagojevich could spend the rest of his life in jail. What an epic fall from grace. Less than five years ago, Governor Blagojevich was jubilant over being elected to the state of Illinois’ highest office. Most of his detractors thought he had no chance to win, but thanks to the Republicans running quite possibly the most incompetent candidate in the history of politics, Judy Baar Topinka, he was able to reclaim his office in Springfield.
According to ABC News, one reason for the resounding victory this time around likely stemmed from the prosecution streamlining its case. With a mountain of evidence from both witnesses and wiretaps, many experts actually think the state used too much of it the first time around, confusing jurors and allowing Blagojevich’s lawyers to muddle the entire case. During round two, they just stuck to the basic facts and a jury of eleven women and one man bought their case hook line and sinker on seventeen of the twenty accusations.
We’ll keep you updated when the judge rules on Blago’s prison term.