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Rod Blagojevich: The Government Proved Nothing (VIDEO)

08/17/2010 07:56 pm 19:56:11 | Updated May 25, 2011

The city was abuzz Tuesday afternoon following the reading of the verdict in the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial. Blagojevich was found guilty on just one of 24 counts--which angered prosecutors and made the ex-governor and his attorneys feel vindicated.

While U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald told the Associated Press the government was ready for a retrial, Blagojevich and his attorneys slammed the feds--calling the trial a "persecution" and waste of money.

Blagojevich, who was found guilty of making false statements to a federal agent, said he did not lie--and his attorney Sam Adam Jr. said he takes the blame for not convincing jurors of just that.

"Yes, I'm talking to the next jury," Adam said during a fiery press briefing after the trial. "You want to blame somebody ... you look right at me." (Scroll down for video of Sam Adam's rant.)

Blagojevich also addressed the media with his wife Patti by his side.

"I've told the truth from the very beginning," he said. "This is a persecution. We have police officers who are being gunned down on the streets, we have children who can't play in front of their homes in the summertime because they might get gunned down, and we have a prosecutor who has wasted and wants to spend tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money to keep persecuting me."

WATCH Blagojevich speak after the trial here:

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WATCH Sam Adam Jr.'s fiery rant here:

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