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Patti Breaks Down After Verdict



    Blago: I Fought Hard for the People

    Blagojevich speaks with reporters as he arrives at his Ravenswood home after leaving the courthouse. (Published Monday, June 27, 2011)

    Rod Blagojevich gave no major reaction as the 17 guilty verdicts were read, save for slumping a little in his chair.

    The former governor just looked over to his wife and mouthed the words "I love you."

    Patti Blagojevich nearly fell into the arms of her brother, who held her up during the verdict. She shook her head, looking stunned and shocked.

    It wasn't until everyone stood up at the end that she folded into the arms of Blagojevich and started to cry.

    Rod and Patti Blagojevich's Verdict Reaction

    [CHI] Rod and Patti Blagojevich's Verdict Reaction
    NBC 5's Carol Marin describes the couple's reaction after the verdicts were read.
    (Published Monday, June 27, 2011)

    This isn't the first time the couple wept together in this courtroom. 

    During his long-awaited testimony, Blagojevich began to tear up as he spoke of how he met his wife in 1988. "I would've found a way around legislature to marry her," he said.

    On their way out, Blagojevich was brief in his remarks, saying he was "obviously very disappointed."

    "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 and then try to sort things out."

    "I'm sure we'll be seeing you guys again," he said.

    Prosecutors on Monday asked for a sentencing date "as soon as possible." Until then, Judge Zagel imposed a travel restriction on Blagojevich.