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Share Your Reaction: Blagojevich Found Guilty on 17 Counts

What do you think of the jury's decision?

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was found guilty Monday afternoon of trying to sell President Barack Obama's Senate seat in 2008.

Blagojavich was found guilty on 17 of 20 federal corruption charges.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, U.S. District Judge James Zagel did not immediately set a date for sentencing but he said Blagojevich can’t travel outside the northern district of Illinois without his permission.

Blagojevich is the fourth Illinois governor in the last 40 years to be found guilty of crimes.

 

Former Illinois governors George Ryan, Dan Walker and Otto Kerner have also been convicted.

“Patti and I are obviously very disappointed,” Blagojevich said outside the courtroom after the verdict was announced, according to the Sun-Times. “I, quite frankly, am stunned.”

According to ABC 7 Chicago's Twitter feed, "Juror 140 said, 'the Senate seat was most clear,' it's clear he was trying to make a trade," and that "Jurors [said] the most difficult counts were tollway and the school. Say they looked at the evidence by scheme."

Blagojevich, who had faced 20 corruption charges in his retrial, was convicted on 11 Senate seat charges, according to the Huffington Post. He was also found guilty of attempting to shake down executives for campaign donations.

"Now that we have read the book on Rod Blagojevich and closed the last chapter, it is important that we don’t lose track of the message," said Illinois State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale). "The message is, we need to constantly press forward with reforms in campaign financing and transparency."

What do you think of the jury's decision? Do you think Blagojevich should serve a lengthy prison term? Now that he has been found guilty, do you think it was well-spent taxpayer money to prosecute him?

Leave your thoughts by making a comment below.

Margie Siller June 28, 2011 at 05:34 PM
I think until we change the system so that politicians are not elected based on how much money they can raise, we will continue to get more of the same. Major donors expect major results Nothing is free in this world. So until that element is taken out, there will be no change. That being said, I do think the jury did a good job and he certainly broke the law and Bjago deserves to go to prison.
Beth June 28, 2011 at 06:32 PM
he is a self-centered, self-serving liar.....the tapes of the wire taps in his own words prove that.....hope he enjoys the years in prison!
Jay Washington June 28, 2011 at 07:10 PM
Does Bolingbrook even care about this? He used his position to fatten his wallet. Isn't that the same in Bolingbrook? Yet you voted these guys in and don't stand up to them! If you did not vote, that is equally as bad. This is how guys like Blago are born and raised into the political game in IL.
George S June 28, 2011 at 09:25 PM
SOUNDS LIKE SOME BODY I KNOW.
River Talk July 02, 2011 at 12:50 AM
It used to be that a criminal had to actually be caught in the act, like when there is an exchange of money for a favor. Now, all you have to do is talk like a big dog on the phone, and you go to jail. Be careful of what you ask for people. Blago may have issues with what he was thinking and how he spoke, but would YOU want to be put in jail if you said something wrong on the phone? We would all be in jail.

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