The former governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, and his older brother, Robert Blagojevich, were charged with a total of 24 crimes. Below, we itemize each of the counts, explain what the government alleged and fill in the verdict.
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Rod. R. Blagojevich, 53
Alonzo Monk, 51
John Harris, 47
Robert Blagojevich, 54
Count 1: Racketeering (new) | Verdict: Hung
This is the overall racketeering count, where prosecutors outline the scope of the conspiracy. They allege that as early as 2002, Blagojevich, Lon Monk, Tony Rezko and Chris Kelly, met and agreed they would use Blagojevich’s position as governor and Monk’s position as chief of staff for financial gain which would be divided among them. During the first weeks of the trial, Monk testified about the meeting. But, when asked to describe the meeting, Monk only could remember one alleged scheme that was outlined there. During the trial, prosecutors alleged the following events occured:
Count 2: Racketeering Conspiracy | Verdict: Hung
Re-alleges all of the above, but with a charge of racketeering conspiracy. This includes various acts “in furtherance of the conspiracy” (phone calls, meetings etc.)
Count 3: Wire Fraud (Rod) | Verdict: Hung
A wire fraud count. Wire fraud can be something as simple as a phone call, but it needs to cross state lines. This, specifically, was a phone call with the Children’s CEO Patrick Magoon in Florida, Oct. 17, of 2008.
Count 4: Wire Fraud (Rod & Robt.) | Verdict: Hung
Another wire-fraud count, this one involving a Nov. 1, 2008 phone call between Rod in Chicago and Robert in Nashville, talking about the tollway and racetrack deals, as well as the Senate seat.
Counts 5-11: Wire Fraud (Rod) | Verdict: Hung
Various wire fraud phone calls to advisors out of state, discussing the Senate seat.
Count 12: Wire Fraud (Rod) | Verdict: Hung
Another wire fraud count, a December 4, 2008 call to Lon Monk in Florida, discussing the campaign contribution from racetrack executive John Johnston.
Count 13: Wire Fraud (Rod) | Verdict: Hung
Another wire fraud count, a December 4, 2008 phone call between Rod and his deputy governor in Chicago, and an advisor in Washington, talking about the big campaign contribution support he would like to see from Jesse Jackson Jr. to make him a Senator.
Count 14: Attempted Extortion | Verdict: Hung
This is an attempted extortion count, relating to the effort to get Rahm Emmanuel’s brother to hold a fundraiser in exchange for awarding a state grant to a Chicago school.
Count 15: Attempted Extortion | Verdict: Hung
Another attempted extortion count, this one relating to Children’s Memorial.
Count 16: Bribery | Verdict: Hung
A bribery count, relating to Children’s Memorial.
Count 17: Extortion Conspiracy | Verdict: Hung
Conspiracy to commit extortion, relating to the racetrack legislation.
Count 18: Bribery Conspiracy | Verdict: Hung
Conspiracy to commit bribery, relating to the racetrack legislation.
Count 19: Attempted Extortion | Verdict: Hung
Attempted extortion on the tollway expansion.
Count 20: Bribery | Verdict: Hung
Bribery on the tollway expansion.
Count 21: Extortion Conspiracy (new) | Verdict: Hung
Conspiracy to commit extortion, on various acts relating to the Senate seat.
Count 22: Attempted Extortion | Verdict: Hung
Attempted extortion on the Senate seat.
Count 23: Bribery Conspiracy | Verdict: Hung
Conspiracy to commit bribery on the Senate seat.
Count 24: False Statements Forfeiture | Verdict: GUILTY
Lying to the FBI, during an interview March 16, 2005, where Rod said he maintained a “firewall” between politics and government, and that he did not track or want to know who contributes and how much they give him.