Blagojevich Gives Farewell Speech Before Going To Prison

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich gave a final farewell speech to supporters and the press before entering a Colorado prison to serve his 14-year sentence for political corruption.


Blagojevich Convicted Of Corruption

Ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich leaves court after being convicted of 17 counts of corruption, including offering President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat to the highest bidder.

Blagojevich Jury: Guilty Of Lying To FBI

The jury in former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial has found him guilty of making false statements to the FBI. The jury was unable to reach any verdict on the other 23 charges against Blagojevich, including attempting to sell the Senate seat vacated by U.S. President Barack Obama.

The false statements Blagojevich made to FBI agents were:

  • “No, really, my hair just grows this way.”
  • “I’m an honest Illinois politician – all politicians from Illinois are honest.”
  • “My name is pronounced ‘Johnson’.”
  • “That’s not a $10,000 bribe in that envelope I just slid across the table – remember you loaned it to me last month, and I’m just paying you back.”
  • “Do I look like someone who would sell a Senate seat? Really – look at this face. This is not the face of someone who would sell a Senate seat.”
  • “I’m not guilty of the other 23 charges.”