‘Stunned’ Blagojevich Found Guilty on 17 Counts

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(Chicago Sun Times) — The former Illinois governor who once talked so much — on secret tapes, in the media, and ultimately on the witness stand — now had to listen to a federal jury.  What Rod Blagojevich heard on Monday left him nearly speechless.  On its 10th day of deliberations, a jury of 11 women and one man overwhelmingly convicted Blagojevich in his second trial, voting him guilty on 17 of 20 counts. The ex-governor was convicted on every count having to do with the sale of President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat as well as on charges he shook down the CEO of a children’s hospital and an Illinois racetrack executive.  It was a monumental fall for the man who thought he could beat it all.  And for once, Blagojevich had little to say.  “Among the many lessons that I’ve learned from this whole experience is to try to speak a little bit less,” Blagojevich told reporters after court, his wife, Patti, at his side. “Patti and I obviously are very disappointed in the outcome. I, frankly, am stunned.”

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