Rod Blagojevich found guilty on just one count
Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was found guilty on a single count of lying to federal agents on Tuesday while a jury said it was hung on the other 23 counts against him. The one count carries a maximum sentence of five years. Prosecutors may attempt to re-try the governor-turned-Celebrity Apprentice participant on the other 23 counts.
The trial stemmed from a 2008 indictment that accused Blagojevich of trying to sell the appointment to the U.S. Senate seat that opened up when Barack Obama was elected president. Blagojevich has since been impeached and removed from the governor’s office. His appearance on Celebrity Apprentice earlier this year was part of an unorthodox public relations tour of sorts, which also included appearances on The View and The Late Show With David Letterman.
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