Rod Blagojevich, Former Illinois Governor, Found Guilty on 17 Counts

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A jury has found former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich guilty on 17 counts in his second trial for corruption, the Chicago Tribune reports. The jury delivered no verdict for two counts and one not guilty decision. Last August, he was found guilty of lying to the FBI, but the jury hung on all 24 other counts. This go-around he faced charges of "wire fraud, attempted extortion, bribery, extortion conspiracy and bribery conspiracy," according to the New York Times. Throughout the entire circus Blago has maintained his innocence, and even testified for seven days; he did not testify during the first trial. This probably hurts as much as getting fired on Celebrity Apprentice. After the verdict was read, Blago turned to his wife Patti and whispered, "I love you." [Chicago Tribune]

Weekend Links: "Bedbug Stigma," Julian Assange Accused/Un-Accused of Rape

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  • The New York Times has a story about how bedbugs basically make people into pariahs. If you're afflicted, you may get treated like Brooklyn waitress Hilary Davis, whose "friends and even her boyfriend refused to take her in" while her apartment was being treated. [NYT]
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Blago a Go-Go! Rod Rallies, Hangs Ho-Hum Jury

Because nothing is surprising in the exploits of disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, his trial has ended, and all the jury came back with for him was one count of lying to federal agents, the least of his accusations. As for the other 24 counts of "racketeering, bribery, wire fraud and other crimes," the jury came back hung. How's Blagojevich feeling about all of this?

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Best of the Rod Blagojevich Tapes: "You Russian Motherfuc*ers."

​The disgraced former governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is a monumental dumbass. Not that you didn't already understand this from his appearance on NBC's reality television trainwreck I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, but yeah, this guy had his phone wiretapped by the FBI, and -- as Vanity Fair's Juli Weiner points out via the Chicago Tribune, then proceeded to say stupidly, absurdly incriminating things to former Illinois deputy governor Doug Scofield. For example:

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