"Stunning" decision

Saying he was "stunned", former <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100500000000" title="Illinois" href="/topic/us/illinois-PLGEO100100500000000.topic">Illinois</a> <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007479" title="Rod Blagojevich" href="/topic/politics/government/rod-blagojevich-PEPLT007479.topic">Governor Rod Blagojevich</a> and his wife Patti leave the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse after a jury convicted him on 17 of 20 counts of corruption in his corruption trial on June 27, 2011. Blagojevich was found guilty on all 11 counts on the sale of the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV0000134" title="U.S. Senate" href="/topic/politics/government/u.s.-senate-ORGOV0000134.topic">U.S. Senate</a> once held by <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007408" title="Barack Obama" href="/topic/politics/government/barack-obama-PEPLT007408.topic">President Barack Obama</a>; and he was found guilty on all three counts where he was accused of the shakedown of Children’s Memorial Hospital and a racetrack executive. It marked the second time in less than a year that the 54-year-old Blagojevich had been convicted of a crime --  the jury at his first trial in the summer of 2010 found him guilty of lying to the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV000008" title="FBI" href="/topic/crime-law-justice/fbi-ORGOV000008.topic">FBI</a>, though that panel was deadlocked on 23 other counts. That impasse set the stage for a retrial.
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( Tribune photo by Alex Garcia / June 27, 2011 )

Saying he was "stunned", former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his wife Patti leave the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse after a jury convicted him on 17 of 20 counts of corruption in his corruption trial on June 27, 2011. Blagojevich was found guilty on all 11 counts on the sale of the U.S. Senate once held by President Barack Obama; and he was found guilty on all three counts where he was accused of the shakedown of Children’s Memorial Hospital and a racetrack executive. It marked the second time in less than a year that the 54-year-old Blagojevich had been convicted of a crime -- the jury at his first trial in the summer of 2010 found him guilty of lying to the FBI, though that panel was deadlocked on 23 other counts. That impasse set the stage for a retrial.

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