August 18, 2010 by staff
Blagojevich Trial, (AP) – Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich vows to appeal his conviction only against him and says he is a victim of persecution by the federal government.
Blagojevich spoke to reporters on Tuesday after a jury found him guilty of one count of lying to federal agents. The judge declared a mistrial in the other 23 counts against him.
He told reporters that he wants the “people of Illinois to know that she lied to the FBI.”
Prosecutors immediately said its intention to retry the case against Blagojevich and his brother of the accused, Robert Blagojevich, as soon as possible. The charges include the accusation that they had tried to sell or trade the former seat of President Barack Obama in the Senate.
Judge James B. Zagel scheduled a hearing for Aug. 26 to decide how and when his new trial.
The verdict came on day 14 of deliberations. The recount in which Blagojevich was convicted included charges that he lied to federal agents when he said that failure to follow campaign contributions and maintain a firewall “between political campaigns and government work. It takes a penalty of up five years in prison.
Before jurors entered, a somber-looking Blagojevich Sat hands folded, looking down, picking her nails nervously. After the verdict was read, defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. rubbed his own forehead and mouth, appearing to shake his head in disgust.
The former governor’s wife, Patti Blagojevich, showed more emotion everywhere. Immediately after the verdict was read, he leaned back in his chair, shaking his head.
U.S. Federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was in the courtroom for the first time since the trial began. He sat at the final table of a bystander near a wall on the opposite side of the room Blagojevich, his hands crossed on court documents. He looked expressionless as the verdict was read. His team of young prosecutors showed the same state of mind, also looking impassive.
It was clear that the jurors were struggling. Last week, Zagel said they had reached a unanimous decision in only two charges and had not even considered 11 others. There was no immediate explanation as to whether later disagreed.
Jurors looked more haggard than they did during the trial. As presented in the courtroom, many looked nervous, some looking at the floor as Zagel read the verdict form itself first, and then passed to a bailiff. They called on Tuesday for advice in filling out their verdict forms and a copy of the oath they took before discussing.
Zagel Blagojevich said bond will remain the same.
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