Rod Blagojevich trial: Round 1
The corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich consumed the summer of 2010 and concluded on August 17. After 14 days of deliberations, the six-man, six-woman jury convicted Blagojevich on just one of the 24 felony counts he faced -- a charge that he had lied to FBI agents about his intense involvement in campaign fundraising.
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Rescue attempt( Tribune photo by Kuni Takahashi / April 21, 2009 )
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (center) is pulled away from media by his attorney Sheldon Sorosky as he leaves the Dirksen U.S Courthouse following his status hearing in Chicago.
Blagojevich told swarming reporters after the hearing: "This is another day in the big city. I know what the truth is when it concerns me, and I know that I've done absolutely nothing wrong. ... I'm actually looking forward to this day in court. ... I want to prove my innocence, I want to vindicate myself."