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"ComEd four" found guilty of all counts in bribery trial

A jury found all defendants in the "ComEd Four" trial guilty on all counts on Tuesday afternoon.

Jurors deliberated for five days before finding Mike McClain, Anne Pramaggiore, John Hooker and Jay Doherty guilty on nine different counts of conspiracy, bribery and falsification of records.

"The state of Illinois unfortunately has a deep-seated public corruption problem. Corruption that erodes and eats away at the people's confidence in their government and in their elected officials. Rooting out and prosecuting those who participate in that corruption has been, is and will continue to be the top priority of the United States Attorney's Office," said acting US Attorney Morris Pasqual after the verdict was announced.

The defendants were found guilty of a multi-year conspiracy to bribe former Illinois Speaker Mike Madigan to get legislation passed that would help ComEd avoid bankruptcy, ABC News Chicago reported.

"The criminal conduct in this case was undertaken with corrupt intent to enrich ComEd and to benefit the Speaker of the House and his associates," Pasqual said.

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