Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who spent his time on The Celebrity Apprentice maintaining his innocence, was found guilty by a federal jury of lying to the FBI; the jury deadlocked on 23 other counts, and he’ll likely be re-tried on those.
The Chicago Tribune reports that “[a]fter a federal jury convicted him of just one count — lying to the FBI — and deadlocked on 23 other counts, Rod Blagojevich declared his innocence today and defiantly taunted prosecutors.”
Blagojevich told reporters, “The government threw everything but the kitchen sink at me, and on every charge but one, they could not prove that I broke any laws except one, a nebulous charge from five years ago. I did not lie to the FBI. I told the truth from the very beginning.”
One juror, however, told the media that they almost convicted him of “[t]rying to sell the U.S. Senate Seat left vacant by Barack Obama,” but one of the members of the jury wasn’t convinced.
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald told reporters, “We intend to retry those charges. So for all practical purposes, we are in the mode of being close to jury selection for a retrial.”
In May, the live audience at The Celebrity Apprentice 3 finale laughed at him when he said he was innocent and being pursued by “powerful forces.”