July 29, 2010
Posted: 10:26 AM ET
Chicago, Illinois (CNN) - Jurors in the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich began deliberating Wednesday.
The jury members were instructed by the judge before they received the case just before noon (1 p.m. ET). Testimony wrapped up last week.
The ousted governor did not take the stand in his own defense, saying it was his decision, based on his attorneys' advice, not to do so.
While awaiting trial, Blagojevich protested his innocence in interviews and on Twitter, as well as during his appearances on the "Celebrity Apprentice" reality show.
Blagojevich faces 24 counts including racketeering, wire fraud, attempted extortion and bribery. The two-term Democrat was removed from office in January 2009 amid accusations that he had attempted to sell the U.S. Senate seat that had been occupied by Barack Obama before he became president. Full Story
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