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Blagojevich convicted at corruption retrial

Monday, June 27, 2011

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted of nearly all the charges against him at his corruption trial on Monday more than two years after his arrest while still in office.

Blagojevich had faced 20 charges, including the Senate seat allegation and that he schemed to shake down executives for campaign donations.

He was found guilty of 17 of those charges, and he was convicted on all charges regarding the Senate seat.

The jury had returned to the federal courthouse after nine days of deliberations. They had been talking through the evidence over a three-week period.

Blagojevich, 54, faces allegations that he sought to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat in exchange for a high-paying job, and schemed to shake down executives for campaign donations. He took the stand at the retrial and denied all the charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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