The Blagojevich verdict is in which is guilty on only one minor count. The other 23 counts are all deadlocked. We will carry the live feed if available. Blago guilty or not guilty? How many counts will be declared a mistrial? The world breathlessly awaits the jury verdict.
Apparently only two counts have been decided out of the 24 counts leveled at Blago. They are deadlocked on all of the others. The judge will have the option of accepting a partial verdict or demanding that the jury resume deliberations on the remaining counts. If the judge accepts only a partial verdict of guilty or not guilty, the government will have the option of retrying the case. In such a high profile case we do not expect U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to throw in the towel.
Update: guilty on count 24, giving false statements to authorities based on lying in a March 15, 2005 interview with the federal grand jury. The is a relatively small felony offense which carries a maximum 5 year prison sentence although almost nobody gets that time.
This is the only count they reached a verdict on. All other counts are deadlocked.
Given only a partial verdict, it is highly likely that the jury has only decided on the less important counts. The big ones related to corruption and racketeering are undoubtedly hung in a mistrial. The biggest stumbling block for the trial is how jurors feel about talking rather than actions. Blagojevich did not sell the seat but the focus is on whether or not talking about it constitutes a crime.
Learn the guilty or not guilty verdict below when it is available and meanwhile reader comments are welcome. Searching for live feed now so we can hear the verdict together.