Blagojevich Found Guilty on Nearly All Charges

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A jury has convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on 17 of 20 corruption charges, including trying to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

Blagojevich testified for seven days in the trial, and maintained he did nothing wrong.

Prosecutors offered a different assessment to jurors, saying Blagojevich had continuously lied to them and the proof was on the FBI tapes.

Lead prosecutor Reid Schar started his questioning asking, "Mr. Blagojevich, you are a convicted liar, correct?"

"Yes," Blagojevich eventually answered.

In addition to Monday's verdict, Blagojevich also faces up to five additional years in prison for his previous conviction of lying to the FBI.

It took the jury nine days to make a decision in the latest case.

Blagojevich is the second straight Illinois governor to be convicted of corruption. His predecessor, George Ryan, is now serving more than six years in federal prison.

Judge James Zagel also ruled that Blagojevich will be barred from travelling outside the area without permission from the judge.

A status hearing for sentencing is set for August 1.

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