After two and a half months of deliberation, tension, confusion, impersonation and the one of the most impressive manes in American politics, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich has been found guilty of one count of lying to federal prosecutors– but not much else. The jury has yet to decide on the other twenty-three charges, including the bribery, extortion, and wire fraud, including the alleged attempt to sell Barack Obama‘s Senate seat. Judge James Zagel has called a mistrial.
Walking in with wife Patti in tow and no words to the media (which, as anyone following the life of Blago would know), is a rarity, Blagojevich appeared nail-bitingly nervous as he scuttled into the courtroom. His brother, Rob, also called in to testify and the star of several of the trials most entertaining wiretaps, appeared significantly more upbeat than his brother, entering the courtroom with his family. While it is unclear yet whether the news is overwhelmingly positive for the Blagojevich clan, the fact that the jury could only decide on one of the smaller counts means the suspense for Illinois– and the rest of breathless America– will only continue.
News reports as they come in below:
Have a tip we should know? firstname.lastname@example.org