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Topic - Erik Sarnello
Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich sidestepped the most serious charges against him Tuesday when a federal jury in Chicago found him guilty of only one of 24 charges, lying to the FBI — at least a temporary victory for the Democrat accused of trying to sell the Senate seat once held by President Obama.
Sarnello, 21, said the panel was deadlocked at 11-1 in favor of convicting the former Illinois governor of trying to sell or trade President Obama's former Senate seat.
juror Erik Sarnello said later that the former governor escaped a harsher fate by the slimmest of margins, with a single unnamed female juror holding out against conviction of charges related to filling the Obama Senate seat.