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What's Next For Rod Blagojevich?

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    Blagojevich speaks with reporters as he arrives at his Ravenswood home after leaving the courthouse.

    Jurors on Monday found Rod Blagojevich guilty on 17 of 20 corruption counts, including shaking down Children's Memorial Hospital and trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat. During his first trial, Blagojevich was convicted of lying to the FBI.

    So what's next for Illinois' former governor?

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    His legal team says they plan to appeal and remain "confident." Prosecutors asked Judge Zagel for a sentencing date as soon as possible.

    Blagojevich told the media he was "obviously very disappointed." After the verdict, he said he wanted to get home to talk to his two young daughters and begin sorting things out.

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    "I frankly am stunned," he said. "There's not much left to say other than we want to get home to our little girls and talk to them and explain things to them."

    Many of the counts he was convicted on come with a 20-year sentence, but some lawyers say he could serve anywhere between seven and 10 years.  

    After he's sentenced, Blagojevich could be asked by Zagel to surrender immediately or a set date could be chosen. The whole sentencing process could take more than three months, and appeals cannot begin until after Blagojevich is sentenced.

    Some of the former governor's neighbors passed around fliers Monday night that read "Free Rod Blagojevich."

    On his way out of the courthouse Monday, Blagojevich said, "I'm sure we'll be seeing you guys again."