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Blago Guilty on 1 Count: Lying to FBI

Jury can't decide on 23 others; feds will retry him
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 17, 2010 4:46 PM CDT
Blago Guilty on 1 Count: Lying to Agents
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his wife Patti arrive at the Federal Court building, Tuesday, Aug. 17.   (Kiichiro Sato)

(Newser) – A federal jury has found ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich guilty of one count of lying to federal agents. The jury could not reach a decision on the other 23 counts after two weeks of deliberations, and the judge said he intends to declare a mistrial on them. Federal prosecutors say they plan to retry the case "as quickly as possible." The judge set a hearing for Aug. 26 to decide manner and timing of their retrial.

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The count on which Blagojevich was found guilty included accusations that he lied to federal agents when he said he did not track campaign contributions and kept a "firewall" between political campaigns and government work. It carries a sentence of up to 5 years in prison. (Read more Blagojevich trial stories.)

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