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Blagojevich’s Sentencing Date Set

A tentative sentencing date has been set for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, following his conviction on 17 counts during his corruption retrial this summer. U.S. District Judge James Zagel has set the hearing for October 6, 2011. Zagel said Blagojevich’s sentencing hearing could last anywhere from two hours to two days, depending on the [...]

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Jurors from Blagojevich Retrial Speak Out

On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, the jury forewoman from the Blagojevich retrial, along with two other jurors, joins Elizabeth Brackett to discuss the deliberation process and how they arrived at their verdict. We also spoke with two additional jurors from the trial. We asked Maya Moody and Rosemary Bennett a series of questions by [...]

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James Matsumoto

Over, Thank You

On Monday, June 27, 2011, former governor Rod Blagojevich was found guilty of 17 of the 20 counts; one count not guilty and two were undecided. It was a surprising, to me at least, indictment of Blagojevich. And the jury held a press conference to stay the hounds of the “rapacious media.” Tomorrow the names [...]

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Blagojevich Trial Verdict

Jurors in the Rod Blagojevich corruption retrial have found the former Illinois governor guilty on 17 counts, not guilty on 1 count and were hung on 2 counts. The counts included wire fraud, extortion, bribery, conspiracy to commit extortion and conspiracy to solicit bribes. The 20 counts involved five schemes: the marquee allegation of attempting [...]

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Elizabeth Brackett

Blagojevich Arrives

Rod and Patti Blagojevich just arrived on the 25th floor of the Federal Building. When he passed waiting reporters, he asked me how I had done in a triathlon this weekend. I gave him a thumbs up and he replied, “hope I’m as lucky.”

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Elizabeth Brackett

Blago Verdict

There is a verdict in the Blagojevich trial. Jurors sent the judge a note this morning saying they had reached a verdict on 18 counts but were unable to reach a verdict on the remaining 2 counts. Rod Blagojevich will be in the courtroom at 1:00 pm when the jury will announce its verdict.

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