Archive for Thursday, August 19, 2010

Blagojevich retrial looms

August 19, 2010


— “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.


jmadison 7 years, 10 months ago

This AP article leads off with the implication that the state of Illinois would be footing the bill for a retrial, then concludes with the fact that the federal government is the entity performing the prosecution. The AP has certainly deteriorated in the quality of its journalism.

independant1 7 years, 10 months ago

If he had freckles he'd be a ringer for Howdy Doody.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 10 months ago

The Chicago Way just keeps going and going and going.

cato_the_elder 7 years, 10 months ago

Except that Howdy Doody was considerably more intelligent, and was not a convicted felon soon to be retried on the remaining counts on which he should have been convicted.

Years of liberal Democrat rule, emanating from Chicago, have turned the formerly great state of Illinois into a real political cesspool. How any sane resident of Illinois could ever have voted for Blago is beyond comprehension.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 10 months ago

Don't forget that the current resident of 1600 Penn. Ave endorsed Blago & received Blago's endorsement. Birds of a feather, don't you know?

cato_the_elder 7 years, 10 months ago

Re the "one certain juror," I'd follow the money, if any, to the Clintons. Obama wanted major convictions on this so that it would go away. You can be sure that Hillary and Bill have a different take on that subject. In the retrial, Fitzgerald will pull out all the stops that he held back on in the first trial, including live testimony from Rahm Emanuel and Tony Rezko, the convicted felon who, next to George Soros, was the one moneyed individual most important to Obama's political career.

Practicality 7 years, 10 months ago

Being the gov. of Illinois is the same as being a drug dealer. You will have lots of money and friends for awhile, but eventually you will end up in the Big House.

How many former governors are currently incarcerated right now? Parents don't let your kids grow up to be governors please.

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