Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was found guilty of one count of lying to federal agents, and the judge said he intends to declare a mistrial on the remaining counts. Today marks the 14th day of deliberations. Earlier, jurors had asked for advice on filling out their verdict forms, signaling they were near the end of deliberation. The AP reported that they also asked for a copy of the oath they took before deliberating.
Blagojevich had faced 24 counts in all, including charges that he tried to make a deal for President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat. Immediately after the verdict was read, prosecutors said that they intend to retry the case against Blagojevich and his co-defendant brother as soon as possible.
The Associated Press reports,
The count on which Blagojevich was found guilty included accusations that he lied to federal agents when he said he did not track campaign contributions and kept a “firewall” between political campaigns and government work. It carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.
Judge James B. Zagel set a hearing for Aug. 26 to decide manner and timing of their retrial.
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