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A federal jury in Chicago has convicted the former Democratic Illinois governor of trying to sell or barter Barack Obama's Senate seat, and of 16 additional felony counts.

An earlier jury had convicted on only one count, and had been unable to reach a verdict on almost two dozen others.

The outcome today is a huge victory for US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who had been widely criticized for his decision to re-try the case.  Yes, it was costly, but justice has been done, and a powerful and prominent crook has been called to account.

Lest it be thought that I'm being partisan here, former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, a Republican, is also in the federal slammer, also for corruption.  Quite a group, all in all.

The story is here.

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