Blagojevich guilty of lying over Obama Senate seat scheme

Ousted Illinois governor Blagojevich has been found guilty of lying over Obama Senate seat scheme.

Updated: Aug 18, 2010, 11:09 AM IST

Chicago: Ousted Illinois governor Rod
Blagojevich has been found guilty of making false statements to the FBI but the jury was deadlocked on 23 other corruption
charges linked to President Barack Obama`s vacated senate
seat.

The hung jury delivered a major blow to US prosecutors
intent on convicting the flamboyant former governor, who has
become a reality television star best known for his salty
language when allegedly trying to sell Obama`s seat to the
highest bidder.

With the judge expected to declare a mistrial,
prosecutors vowed to retry Blagojevich, 53, who had faced 24
counts including racketeering, bribery, attempted extortion,
wire fraud and lying to federal agents.

It is "absolutely our intention to retry this," said
assistant US Attorney Reid Schar.
Yesterday`s verdict comes after a two-month trial that
featured most infamously Blagojevich`s take on his power to
appoint Obama`s replacement.

PTI