Rod Blagojevich Found Guilty of Corruption

Rod Blagojevich, the former two-term Illinois governor accused of trying to sell the senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama, was found guilty of 17 corruption charges on Monday in a decision that could see the 54-year-old lawyer spending at least the next 10 years in jail.

A 12-man jury found Blagojevich guilty on all but three charges leveled against the disgraced politician, who was famously caught on recorded phone calls suggesting that he wanted to get something in return for the senate seat that Obama vacated when he ran for President. Blagojevich was quoted in the phone call as saying that Obama’s senate seat was “f*ing golden” and that he would not give it away “for f*ing nothing.” Aside from the 17 corruption charges, Blagojevich also faces about five years in prison for a previous charge of lying to the FBI.

Blagojevich, who remains free on bond, refused to make a comment about the decision, saying only that his immediate plan was to explain the circumstances to his two young daughters. The Democratic politician, who served as U.S. House Representative for Illinois’s 5th district from 1997 to 2003, was arrested on December 9, 2008. He was impeached on January 29, 2009, with all 59 state senators calling for his removal.