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Blago Jury Reaches Verdict on 18 Counts



    The governor said it's in God's hands now. (Published Monday, June 27, 2011)

    Jurors in the Rod Blagojevich corruption have come to a unanimous decision on 18 counts facing the former governor. They are undecided on two other counts.

    The verdict will be read close to 2 p.m.

    As Blagojevich left his house, anxiety was at an all-time high.

    "My hands are shaking, my knees are weak, I can barely stand on my own two feet," Blagojevich said as he left his house. "It's in God's hands, now."

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    Glenn Selig, Blagojevich's publicist, says he spoke to Blagojevich by phone this morning and reports the former governor is "anxious, nervous, all of those things."

    If by some chance the Governor is found not guilty "there will be a party," Selig said. 

    At the Dirksen Federal Building, hundreds of spectators line the street, waiting for a verdict.

    "I think he's guilty, but you have to admit, whatever he does, he's good at it," said Johann Castillo of Chicago. "He's a great actor, but I think he will be found guilty on most of the charges."

    "The taped conversations are hard to avoid," said Barry Simorangkir of Chicago. "There's a lot of hard evidence that's mounted against him, so i think he's guilty."

    As Blagojevich and his wife, Patti, arrived on the 25th floor of the courthouse, the hallway went silent. Before reporters were let into the courtroom, Blagojevich made a trip to the restroom and shook reporters' hands.

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