By Duncan Phenix
(KFVS) - Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges that accuse him - among other things - of trying to sell President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.
Blagojevich appeared before U.S. District Judge James Zagel in federal court in Chicago on Tuesday.
Prosecutors issued a 19-count indictment on April 2 naming Blagojevich and five members of his inner circle. Blagojevich pleaded not guilty Tuesday to all counts in a courtroom packed with spectators.
Illinois legislators kicked Blagojevich out of office in January weeks after his arrest for an alleged corruption spree.