55 Rod Blagojevich

Full Name: Milorad R. Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Date: 12/9/2008

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Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was charged with corruption, conspiracy to commit fraud, and soliciting bribes. The charges stemmed from Blagojevich's scheme to sell President Obama's vacant Senate seat to a lucky and rich bidder. The Illinois House and Senate unanimously voted to impeach Blagojevich on January 29, 2009. At the federal trial, Rod was convicted of one of the 24 charges, which was the charge of lying to the FBI. The jury was hung on the remainder of the 23 charges, which caused the Judge to proclaim a mistrial. At the second trial on the 23 other charges on June 27, 2011, Rod was found guilty of 17 of the 20 charges brought forth at the second trial. The sentencing hearing is tentatively set for October 6, 2011. Blagojevich put up his $450,000 house as collateral for his release until the sentencing hearing.

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