Chicago “Blago on Trial, The Sequel” promises to be as circus-like and nearly as expensive as the first trial of the former Illinois governor. And in a state with a huge budget deficit, some people would prefer not to see it at all.
But the next round also could look different if prosecutors adjust their strategy after listening to jurors who deadlocked on all but one charge against Rod Blagojevich. And despite their defiance after the verdict, defense attorneys could offer a few surprises too — if they are still on the job.
Could prosecutors decide to call witnesses such as White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel? Could the defense finally put Blagojevich on the stand?
Asked the latter question, Blagojevich attorney Sheldon Sorosky said, “The answer to that is, absolutely yes. It doesn’t mean he will. But he could.”
Prosecutors plan to retry Blagojevich on charges that include allegations he tried to sell President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said the prosecution is nearly ready to start jury selection, and the presiding judge set a hearing on the matter for Aug. 26.