Blagojevich jury reaches verdicts on 18 counts


Jurors deliberating in the bribery retrial of Rod Blagojevich told a judge Monday they have reached a verdict on 18 of the 20 counts beside the ousted Illinois governor, and attorneys in the case decided that the verdicts should be read.

Judge James Zagel said that will occur Monday afternoon. The jury had returned to the federal courthouse Monday morning subsequent to nine days of deliberations. They had been talking through the confirmation over a three-week period.

Blagojevich, 54, faces allegations that he sought after to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat in swap over for a high-paying job, and schemed to shake down executive for campaign donations. He took the stand at the retrial and unused to all the charges.

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