June 27 - A jury convicted disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich of corruption for trying to trade the U.S. senate seat once held by President Barack Obama for financial and political gain. Deborah Gembara reports.
A federal jury on Monday found former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich guilty of 17 charges in his second trial on fraud and attempted bribery charges. Among the 17 counts, Blagojevich was found guilty of trying to trade President Barack Obama's former Senate seat for personal gain. The normally outspoken Blagojevich spoke briefly to reporters after the verdict. While several of the convictions call for prison terms of up to 20 years, analysts say the former two-term Democratic governor is likely to receive a lesser penalty. Deborah Gembara, Reuters.