A jury has convicted former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich of attempting to sell President Obama’s Senate seat, reports the Associated Press. The embattled politician was convicted on all charges concerning selling the seat after a jury deliberated for nine days. (The former governor faced 20 charges; the jury had decided on 18 of them after being deadlocked on two charges.) Prior to the jury’s decision, Blagojevich denied on the stand that he had done anything wrong, regardless of FBI wiretaps that indicated he was offering the seat up as a “f—ing golden” opportunity. The tapes led to his arrest in December 2008; after the scandal, Blagojevich had paved a short-lived career as a reality star, appearing on a season of Celebrity Apprentice. The former governor now faces up to 300 years in prison.
Posted June 27 2011 — 7:07 PM EDT
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