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Blago Guilty on 17 of 20 Counts, Facing Decades in Prison

John on June 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Pretty stunning decision by the jury. Here’s the list of charges along with the results for each. Here’s the Tribune account:

Blagojevich showed no reaction as the jury announced their decisions. Once the verdicts were read, he sat back in his chair with his lips pursed,  looked toward his wife Patti and whispered, “I love you.”

As the first guilty verdict was read, Patti Blagojevich slumped into the arms of her brother, who stroked her head. She kept shaking her head “no” as the jurors left the courtroom, and once the judge was gone, the former governor grabbed his wife’s right hand and hugged and kissed her.

Blagojevich spoke briefly as he and his wife left the federal courthouse. “Patti and I are obviously very disappointed,” he said at a bank of microphones. “I frankly am stunned.”

I find myself feeling bad for the guy. Is what he talked about doing all that different from Senator Mary Landrieu accepting $300 million for her vote? Granted the money wasn’t for her, only for her state. But didn’t Blago talk about trading favors, not just cash? I honestly never followed this case that closely. It just seems there’s a fine line between normal Democratic politics and something for which you could receive decades in prison.

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