Only one juror held out on Blagojevich Senate seat conviction

By Heartland News

CHICAGO, IL (KFVS) - The verdict in the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial could have been a lot different if it wasn't for one juror.

Now that the trial is over, some of the jurors on the panel are speaking out.

Erik Sarnello of Itasca, Illinois said the jury was deadlocked 11 to 1 in favor of convicting Blagojevich of trying to sell President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.

Sarnello said one woman "just didn't see what we all saw."  Sarnello went on to say the counts around the Senate seat were "the most obvious" for the jury.

The jury ended up convicting Blagojevich Tuesday of a lesser charge, lying to federal agents, but could not reach an agreement on the remaining 23 charges.

Prosecutors have pledged to retry the case as soon as possible.

Blagojevich vows to appeal his conviction and says he's the victim of persecution by the federal government.

Blagojevich spoke to reporters on Tuesday after the jury found him guilty of one count of lying to federal agents. The judge declared a mistrial in the other 23 counts against him.

He said he wanted the "people of Illinois to know that I did not lie to the FBI."

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