Jury convicts ex-Illinois Gov. Blagojevich

CHICAGO - (AP) - A jury has convicted Rod Blagojevich of nearlyall the corruption charges against him, including trying to sell ortrade President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

Jurors delivered their verdicts Monday after deliberating ninedays.

Blagojevich had faced 20 charges, including the Senate seatallegation and that he schemed to shake down executives forcampaign donations. He was convicted on all charges regarding theSenate seat.

He testified for seven days, denying wrongdoing. Prosecutorssaid he lied and the proof was on FBI wiretaps. Those included awidely parodied clip in which Blagojevich calls the Senateopportunity "f------ golden."

Jurors in his first trial deadlocked on all but one charge,convicting Blagojevich of lying to the FBI.

Blagojevich already faces up to five years for the lyingconviction.

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