The trial of disgraced former governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich has just concluded. After two weeks of deliberation, the grand jury returned only a single guilty verdict. One count of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation was given to Blagojevich. Since he gave false statements to the government, five years in prison might be given, although sentencing hasn't happened yet. Federal prosecutors have already announced they fully intend to re-try Blagojevich.
Verdict took two weeks to decide
Because he was trying to sell the seat in the U.S. Senate vacated by Barack Obama on surveillance, Rod Blagojevich got arrested two years ago. This led him to be impeached and removed from office. 24 accusations of corruption were charged against him. After two weeks, the jury, which had been mostly deadlocked before then, came back with only one clear verdict. Mistrial was announced for 23 of the accounts while he was considered guilty of giving statements that were lies to the FBI.
U.S. Attorney wants a retrial
According to the New York Times, officials from the U.S. Attorney’s office said they’ll try to retry Blagojevich. He did get convicted of lying to the FBI. Up to $ 250,000 in a fine or five years in prison will be given to him because of this federal crime. Some individuals may be hoping for both.
Blagojevich as stereotype in Chicago
Politics in Chicago, Illinois have just been expected to be corrupt. Rod Blagojevich has a previous governor, George Ryan, who was convicted after being removed from office. Ryan was convicted of corruption putting him in federal prison. Rod Blagojevich has an additional possible trial in his future making it hard to say where he'll end up. Five years in prison could be where his life goes.