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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Blagojevich trial: Opening arguments( Tribune photo by Alex Garcia / June 8, 2010 )
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich stops to talk to the media as he arrives at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse for opening arguments in his trial. Blagojevich heard himself described during opening statements as naive, shallow, lacking in judgment and deeply insecure. And that was from his own lawyer, Sam Adam Jr.
Prosecutors painted a far different image of Blagojevich as his trial got down to business after three days of jury selection. Time and time again, Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Hamilton said, Blagojevich put his own interests ahead of the people he was supposed to represent, adopting a mantra of "What about me?" and demanding campaign cash and other favors in exchange for official acts.