CHICAGO-(AEAE)-AFTER 14 DAYS OF DELIBERATION THE JURY FOUND FORMER ILLINOIS GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH (“BLAGO”) GUILTY OF MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO AN FBI AGENT “Count 24. What did Blago say to the FBI guy that was a lie? Blago merely “denied the he solicited campaign money in return for contracts with state boards and commissions”. According to a University of Chicago Law Professor,” It is reversible error for the jury to have found Blago guilty of lying to a FBI Agent that about soliciting campaign monies in return for contracts, when the jury found Blago innocent of all 23 Counts, Count 1 Racketeering, Count 2, Racketeering Conspiracy, Count 3-13 mail fraud, Counts 14, 15,19, 22 attempted Extortion, Counts 18, 23 Bribery conspiracy, and Count 17,21 Extortion Conspiracy. The Professor stated in order for the Jury to have the on Count 24 stick on appeal, they would have had to find Blago guilty of at least one other charge, which the jury did not. Ergo Blago, according to the prediction of the Law Professor will walk.
Blago's attorney Sam Adams said “This guy Fitzgerald is a master at indicting people for noncriminal activity, this guy is a nut!