Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was found guilty of attempting to sell President Barack Obama's vacated Illinois Senate seat.
He was convicted on 17 of the 20 corruption counts against him, the most serious of which carries a sentence of 10 years. Altogether, he faces up to 350 years in prison, although he'll probably be sentenced to much fewer years, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Blagojevich's case was one of the most sensational and notorious political corruption cases in modern US history. In 2008, the former governer was caught on tape making blatantly corrupt suggestions of how he can milk his power to appoint someone for Barack Obama's Senate seat, which Obama vacated when he was elected President of the United States.
Below are some of the quotes uttered by Blagojevich:
I've got this thing and it's f***ing golden. I'm not giving it up for f***ing nothing. I'm not going to do it. And, and I can always use it. I can parachute me there.
You want it? Fine. But, it's got to be good or I could always take it.
It is not coming for free...it's got to be good stuff for the people of Illinois and good for me.
Give this motherf*****, his senator. F*** him. For nothing? F*** him.
I want to make money.
The trick . . . is how do you conduct indirectly . . . a negotiation.
Blagojevich's defense was that he was merely talking and didn't actually do anything. However, the prosecution countered that the mere act of propositioning the sale of a Senate seat is corrupt and illegal.
This was Blagojevich's second trial for such charges. The first one, which took place a year ago, ended in deadlock. Before that, he was impeached from his Governor seat by the Illinois legislature for his corruption.
Blagojevich's predecessor for the Illinois Governor seat, George Ryan, is currently in prison on corruption charges regarding government contracts, underscoring the relative prevalence of corruption in Illinois politics.
Below are photos of Blagojevich during his trial.