Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich
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Ex-Illinois Governor Blagojevich found guilty of lying

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been found guilty of lying to federal agents.

A jury in Chicago found him guilty of making false statements but was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on 23 other corruption charges.

Blagojevich, 53, was accused of trying to use his office for personal gain - including a bid to sell President Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

He was also accused of attempted extortion.

After the verdict was announced, US attorneys said the government planned to retry the case "as quickly as possible".

Jane O'Brien reports.

  • 18 Aug 2010