A jury in the corruption case against Rod Blagojevich found the former governor of Illinois guilty of 17 of the 20 counts against him.
The 54-year-old former politician was found guilty on 10 charges related to wire fraud, and other chargesÂ of extortion,Â extortion conspiracy,Â solicitation of a bribe, andÂ conspiracy to solicit a bribe.
Thirteen ofÂ the charges each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
The charges against Blagojevich included trying to peddle the U.S. Senate seat held by Barack Obama before he resigned to become president. Blagojevich has denied any intention of bribery.Read the complete story on CNN.com
Federal jurors at the retrial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will begin deliberations Friday in the corruption case against him.
Charges against Blagojevich include trying to peddle the U.S. Senate seat that belonged to Barack Obama before he resigned to become president.
Blagojevich has denied any intention of bribery.
The jury will weigh the ex-governor's guilt or innocence on 20 public-corruption-related counts.FULL STORY
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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was found guilty Tuesday of making false statements to the FBI, but escaped convictions on 23 other counts in a trial that is seen as at least a partial victory for Blagojevich.
The jury, which deliberated for 14 days, said it was hung on 23 counts against him and on the counts against the former governor's brother, Robert Blagojevich.
The former governor faced charges including racketeering, wire fraud, attempted extortion and bribery. A two-term Democrat, he was removed from office in January 2009 amid accusations that he attempted to sell the U.S. Senate seat that had been occupied by Barack Obama before Obama was elected president.