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    Blago convicted

    Blagojevich on guilty verdict: 'I frankly am stunned' - chicagotribune.com

    Very glad that he was convicted.

    Makes me wonder about the problems of systemic corruption in Chicago though.

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    Re: Blago convicted

    That nigga is guilty as hell. Good on them.
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    Re: Blago convicted

    He seems to have known it was going this way. His demeanor before heading to court and on the way in, was not his normal, smiling self. Maybe he never expected to be convicted?

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    Re: Verdict Reached On 18 Counts In Blagojevich Trial

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    Re: Blago convicted


    A count-by-count tally of the verdict againstRod Blagojevich.


    Guilty Count 1 Wire Fraud -- Solicitation of Children’s Memorial Hospital

    Guilty Count 2 Wire Fraud – Sale of U.S. Senate seat

    Guilty Count 3 Wire Fraud – Sale of U.S. Senate seat

    Guilty Count 4 Wire Fraud – Sale of U.S. Senate seat

    Guilty Count 5 Wire Fraud – Sale of U.S. Senate seat

    Guilty Count 6 Wire Fraud – Sale of U.S. Senate seat

    Guilty Count 7 Wire Fraud – Sale of U.S. Senate seat

    Guilty Count 8 Wire Fraud – Sale of U.S. Senate seat

    Guilty Count 9 Wire Fraud – Solicitation of racetrack executive

    Guilty Count 10 Wire Fraud – Sale of U.S. Senate seat

    Deadlocked Count 11 Attempted Extortion -- Solicitation of U.S. congressman

    Guilty Count 12 Attempted Extortion – Solicitation of Children’s Memorial Hospital

    Guilty Count 13 Bribery – Solicitation of Children’s Memorial Hospital

    Guilty Count 14 Conspiracy to Commit Extortion – Solicitation of racetrack executive

    Guilty Count 15 Conspiracy to Commit Bribery – Solicitation of racetrack executive

    Deadlocked Count 16 Attempted Extortion – Solicitation of construction executive

    Not Guilty Count 17 Bribery – Solicitation of construction executive

    Guilty Count 18 Extortion Conspiracy – Sale of U.S. Senate seat

    Guilty Count 19 Attempted Extortion – Sale of U.S. Senate seat

    Guilty Count 20 Conspiracy to Commmit Bribery – Sale of U.S. Senate seat
    Source: Chicago Tribune

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    Re: Verdict Reached On 18 Counts In Blagojevich Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    Count 1 alone (wire fraud) is a potential 20 years and a $250,000 fine.

    He's facing some serious prison time and substantial punitive fines.

    I hope the judge gives him the max on every guilty count.
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    Re: Verdict Reached On 18 Counts In Blagojevich Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    Count 1 alone (wire fraud) is a potential 20 years and a $250,000 fine.

    He's facing some serious prison time and substantial punitive fines.

    I hope the judge gives him the max on every guilty count.
    Speculation from the insiders is 8-10 years total. Blago is a typical wormy politician, but the not so funny thing is that he is little different than any/all the other politicians around us.

    And the irony is, his shakedowns (of which he was guilty of) were for campaign contributions for re-election or in trying to hustle himself a cabinet/ambassador position. He wasn't scamming the big personal fortunes like like Madigan, Cullerton and the others who basically run the state legislature.

    Ex-governor Blago broke the rules. Was prosecuted and properly convicted. But the real corruption in this state (Illinois) wasn't even mildly disturbed....


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    Re: Verdict Reached On 18 Counts In Blagojevich Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by Cole View Post
    Speculation from the insiders is 8-10 years total. Blago is a typical wormy politician, but the not so funny thing is that he is little different than any/all the other politicians around us.

    And the irony is, his shakedowns (of which he was guilty of) were for campaign contributions for re-election or in trying to hustle himself a cabinet/ambassador position. He wasn't scamming the big personal fortunes like like Madigan, Cullerton and the others who basically run the state legislature.

    Ex-governor Blago broke the rules. Was prosecuted and properly convicted. But the real corruption in this state (Illinois) wasn't even mildly disturbed....


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    Which means, of course, he'll get like 6 months plus house arrest.
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    Re: Verdict Reached On 18 Counts In Blagojevich Trial

    It all adds up to about 300 years in prison.
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    Re: Verdict Reached On 18 Counts In Blagojevich Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by krickitt View Post
    ONE not guilty. That's a whole lot of prison time.. Do most Chicago politicians end up in jail?? There seem to be a few...
    The past few governors are in jail on various charges. Chicago politics is very much like organized crime and I don't believe anyone can come through the Illinois political process without being corrupted in some way. Chicago has its tentacles in everything.
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