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Blagojevich Verdict: The Breakdown

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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A jury found former Gov. Rod Blagojevich guilty of 17 or 20 corruption charges in which Blagojevich tried to get campaign cash in exchange for state actions, including an attempt to sell President Obama’s Senate seat. Here is a breakdown:

Count 1, wire fraud: Guilty. This charge covers the entire scheme, including all five shakedown allegations.

Count 2, wire fraud: Guilty. This covers the allegation that Blagojevich was trying to get appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to President Obama’s Senate seat. Centers on a Nov. 7, 2008 phone call between Blagojevich, John Harris and Fred Yang.

Count 3, wire fraud: Guilty. This covers the allegation that Blagojevich was trying to get appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the Senate seat. Centers on a Nov. 10, 2008, conference call with several advisers.

Count 4, wire fraud: Guilty. This covers the allegation that Blagojevich was trying to get Obama’s help setting up a non-profit funded with millions of dollars, which Blagojevich could run after leaving office.

Count 5, wire fraud: Guilty. Same allegation as Count 4, but it’s tied to a Nov. 12, 2008, phone call with Tom Balanoff.

Count 6, wire fraud: Guilty. Same allegation as count 4, but tied to another Nov. 12, 2008, phone call with Tom Balanoff.

Count 7, wire fraud: Guilty. Same allegation as count 4, but tied to a Nov. 13, 2008, phone call with Doug Scofield.

Count 8, wire fraud: Guilty. Same allegation as count 4, but tied to another Nov. 13, 2008, phone call with Doug Scofield.

Count 9, wire fraud: Guilty. This covers the allegation that Blagojevich was trying to shake down racetrack owner John Johnston for $100,000 in campaign cash in exchange for Blagoejvich quickly signing legislation to benefit the racetracks.

Count 10, wire fraud: Guilty. This covers the allegation that Blagojevich was trying to get $1.5 million in campaign cash from supporters of Jesse Jackson Jr. in exchange for appointing Jackson to the Senate.

Count 11, attempted extortion: No verdict. This covers the allegation athat Blagojevich was trying to get Rahm Emanuel to have his brother, Ari, hold a fundraiser in exchange for releasing a state grant for a school in Emanuel’s district.

Count 12, attempted extortion: Guilty. This covers the allegation that Blagojevich was trying to shake down Children’s Memorial Hospital CEO Patrick Magoon for a $25,000 campaign fundraiser in exchange for approving a state funding for doctors at the hospital.

Count 13, soliciting of a bribe: Guilty. Covers the hospital shakedown.

Count 14, conspiracy to commit extortion: Guilty. Covers the racetrack shakedown.

Count 15, attempted bribery: Guilty. Covers the racetrack shakedown.

Count 16, attempted extortion: No verdict. This covers the allegation that Blagojevich tried to shake down road building executive Gerald Krozel for $500,000 in campaign cash from the road building industry in exchange for approving a major tollway project.

Count 17, solicitation of a bribe: Not Guilty. This covers the Krozel/tollway shakedown allegation

Count 18, conspiracy to commit extortion: Guilty. Covers the Jesse Jackson Jr. Senate scheme.

Count 19, attempted extortion: Guilty. Covers the Jesse Jackson Jr. Senate scheme.

Count 20, attempted bribery: Guilty Covers the Jesse Jackson Sr. Senate scheme.

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