Jurors Were Close to Convicting Rod Blagojevich

CHICAGO (AP) - A day after a jury convicted Rod Blagojevich on just one of the 24 counts in his corruption trial, the former Illinois governor says he's back on dad duty.

Blagojevich emerged from his home in Chicago this morning wearing shorts, a polo shirt and gym shoes. He said he was taking his daughter to camp but would have more to say later.

Robert Blagojevich, the former governor's brother and co-defendant, says the jury's conclusion shows he's been "an innocent target of the federal government."

Eleven jurors were ready to convict Rod Blagojevich of what prosecutors called a "political corruption crime spree" but one lone holdout wouldn't budge and would agree only that Blagojevich lied to the FBI. A fellow juror says, "The person just did not see the evidence that everyone else did."

Prosecutors say they plan to retry Blagojevich.


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