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Count 1 Wire Fraud - GUILTY
Solicitation of Children’s Memorial Hospital
(max. 20yrs, $250,00)

Count 2 Wire Fraud – GUILTY
Sale of U.S. Senate seat  
(max. 20yrs, $250,00)

Count 3 Wire Fraud – GUILTY
Sale of U.S. Senate seat  
(max. 20yrs, $250,00)

Count 4 Wire Fraud – GUILTY
Sale of U.S. Senate seat  
(max. 20yrs, $250,00)

Count 5 Wire Fraud – GUILTY
Sale of U.S. Senate seat  
(max. 20yrs, $250,00)

Count 6 Wire Fraud – GUILTY
Sale of U.S. Senate seat  
(max. 20yrs, $250,00)

Count 7 Wire Fraud – GUILTY
Sale of U.S. Senate seat  
(max. 20yrs, $250,00)

Count 8 Wire Fraud – GUILTY
Sale of U.S. Senate seat
(max. 20yrs, $250,00)

Count 9 Wire Fraud – GUILTY
Solicitation of racetrack executive    
(max. 20yrs, $250,00)

Count 10 Wire Fraud – GUILTY
Sale of U.S. Senate seat  
(max. 20yrs, $250,00)

Count 11 Attempted Extortion - NO VERDICT

Count 12 Attempted Extortion – GUILTY
Solicitation of Children’s Memorial Hospital
(max. 20yrs, $250,00)

Count 13 Bribery – GUILTY
Solicitation of Children’s Memorial Hospital  
(10 yrs, $250,00)

Count 14 Conspiracy to Commit Extortion – GUILTY
Solicitation of racetrack executive  
(max. 20yrs, $250,00)

Count 15 Conspiracy to Commit Bribery – GUILTY  
Solicitation of racetrack executive    
(5yrs, $250,000)

Count 16 Attempted Extortion – NO VERDICT
Solicitation of construction executive  

Count 17 Bribery – NOT GUILTY
Solicitation of construction executive  

Count 18 Extortion Conspiracy – GUILTY
Sale of U.S. Senate seat  
(max. 20yrs, $250,00)

Count 19 Attempted Extortion – GUILTY
Sale of U.S. Senate seat  
(max. 20yrs, $250,00)

Count 20 Conspiracy to Commit Bribery – GUILTY
Sale of U.S. Senate seat    
(max. 5yrs, $250,00)

The stakes of this retrial were apparent. Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the United States attorney for the Northern District of Illinois (who may be better known nationally as having pursued the C.I.A. leak case against I. Lewis Libby Jr., the former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney) personally listened to parts of the trial even though his assistants were trying it. He took notes on Mr. Blagojevich’s testimony from a room in the courthouse where courtroom proceedings were piped in for reporters and others to hear. James Matsumoto, a retired public television librarian who had served as the jury foreman in the first trial last summer, also attended parts of the trial.

http://www.nytimes.com/...

"But make no mistake: This is nothing to celebrate," Topinka said in a statement. "Through his unconscionable behavior and reckless leadership, Blagojevich inflicted damage on Illinois that will take years, if not generations, to repair. He broke the public trust and mismanaged dollars with a zeal that was unique even in our storied state.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/...

Of the counts, 11 of them involved the alleged sale of Obama’s vacated Senate seat — nine wire fraud counts, as well as conspiracy to commit extortion, attempted extortion and conspiracy to solicit a bribe. Prosecutors broke down the case into five alleged shakedown schemes, including regarding the Senate seat and charged that he held up official acts on the Illinois Tollway, horse-racing legislation, a school grant and on Children’s Memorial Hospital while demanding campaign contributions.
http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/...
Prosecutors painted a picture of Blagojevich as a desperate and selfish man who was jealous of Obama’s political rise. Jurors heard one tape in which Blagojevich complains to his advisors about his lot in life.  “I gotta tell ya, I don't wanna be governor for the next two years. I wanna get going. I'll, I, this has been two shitty fucking years where I'm doing the best I can trying to get through a brick wall and find ways around stuff, but it's like just screwing my family and time is passing me by and I'm stuck, it's no good. It's no good. I gotta get moving. The whole world's passing me by and I'm stuck in this fucking job as governor now. Everybody's passing me by and I'm stuck.”

http://www.wbez.org/...

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