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Blagojevich convicted on 17 corruption counts

June 27, 2011|By Bob Secter and Jeff Coen | Chicago Tribune
(Tannen Maury/EPA )

Reporting from Chicago —

A federal jury today convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich on 17 of 20 counts, finding he brazenly abused the powers of his office in a series of attempted shakedowns captured on undercover government recordings.

Blogojevich showed no reaction as the jury announced their decisions, then sat back in his chair with his lips pursed and looked toward his wife Patti and whispered, "I love you."

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