On Monday June 27th, Former Chicago Governor Blagojevich was convicted for 17 of the 20 counts of public corruption charges against him related to his attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat that was formally held by Barack Obama be his resignation to become U.S. president.
Blagojevich was convicted, by a jury, on all 10 counts of wire fraud. The other 10 counts involved extortion and bribery. Most of the counts have a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. He was acquitted on one count of bribery and a verdict was not reached on two counts of attempted extortion.
Professor Richard King at the Chicago-Kent College of Law predicts that Blagojevich may be sentenced between 6 and 11 years. A calculation reached by a mathematical formula. “You punch in who he is, what he did,” he said.
The defense of Blagojevich argued that he just liked to talk and actually ended up with nothing.
As a former Assistant U.S Attorney, I have had experience in many cases like these. These are very serious charges and if you are accused of a federal crime, you will need a very good attorney experienced in federal criminal charges. As an Assistant District Attorney, I tried over 70 criminal jury trials, ranging from murder, armed robbery, sexual assaults of adults and children and kidnapping, to DUI, assault and simple drug possession.