Archive for July, 2010

Emotions Flow

An emotional Sam Adm Jr. told reporters why he was so eager to defend Rod Blagojevich.  Adam’s daughter, Sydney, was born prematurely at 25 weeks and if it hadn’t been for Illinois All Kids program, promoted by Governor Blagojevich, Adam said, he could have lost his daughter.  Adam said he had no insurance until All […]

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Final Day

For one final time, Rod and Patti Blagojevich made their way into Judge Zagel’s courtroom.  The crowd waiting to see the ex-governor was a little smaller today; nevertheless, seats in the 25th floor courtroom are once again filled.  Patti Blagojevich, wearing a crisp polka dotted blouse, has her knitting needles flashing as she continues to […]

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For Sale: 18th Century Violin – Asking Price: $18 Million

At Bein & Fushi’s Rare Violins on Michigan Avenue, you can find dozens of fine violins. Some have been re-strung or repaired, while others have been completely restored. But there is one violin in this shop that is kept under lock and key away from the others. “Every time I take it out of the […]

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An Accidentally Corrupt Governor

“Take a step back,” said prosecutor Reid Schar, “and put the pieces of the puzzle together.  This is a corrupt governor who blames everyone else for his problems.  He had more training than most lawyers, he was a former prosecutor, yet somehow he became the ‘accidentally corrupt governor?’”   “It’s time for accountability,” a surprisingly emotional […]

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Give Me A Break

Sam Adam’s favorite phrase in his bombastic opening statement is “Give me a break!” Adam has just finished his closing argument with a whispered but impassioned plea to find Rod Blagojevich not guilty.  “This is serious business,” Adam told the jury.  “He never intended bribery, he never intended extortion.” Earlier in his close, Adam addressed what […]

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The Warning

Judge Zagel warned Sam Adam Jr. not to say the government failed to call Tony Rezko to the stand for fear it would hurt its case. Zagel said jail for Adam was never in the picture, but warned that he would sit him down in the middle of his closing argument if he violated the […]

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Sam Adam’s Dilemma

Judge James Zagel warned Sam Adam Jr. that he could be held in contempt if he questions why the government did not call Tony Rezko or Stuart Levine to the witness stand.  But Adam feels strongly that the ruling is unfair to his client and said earlier today he was ready to go to jail, […]

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Remembering the Killing Fields of Cambodia

An estimated 1.7 million Cambodian citizens died under the Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 and 1979.  It has taken almost 30 years to bring those responsible for the atrocities in the killing fields of Cambodia to justice.  But a legal landmark was reached today. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, also known as […]

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Just Fundraising

All Robert Blagojevich ever did was fundraise, says his attorney Michael Ettinger.  “Robert made normal routine campaign calls to ask for fundraisers.”  He was not asking for funds in exchange for a state act.  “Don’t say my client is shaking you down.”  Ettinger implored the jury to filter what they have heard about Robert Blagojevich […]

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Talking Is A Crime

“Talking is a crime,” Chris Niewoehner told the jury in his closing argument.  Niewoehner’s close wrapped up the government’s case by saying the heart of the case was Blagojevich’s attempt to exchange a state benefit for a personal benefit, including campaign contributions.  For the first time, the government clearly spelled out why asking for campaign […]

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Up Early

Quite a scene here at the Federal building on the day of closing arguments at the Blagojevich trial.  People hoping to get a seat in the courtroom were lined up at 5:00am, by 7:00am 100 people were waiting outside the doors.  Only the first 20 made it into the courtroom. Rod Blagojevich has just arrived […]

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It’s Over

Rod Blagojevich’s defense team has told the judge that they are resting their case. Without calling a single witness, including testimony long promised from the ex-governor, it’s over. Blagojevich will make a statement when court ends today.

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Nope. Over for the Day

Court has adjourned for the day.  Speculation continues.

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Courtroom Abuzz

Courtroom abuzz… Will Blago fold and enter a guilty plea? All the lawyers are huddled with Judge Zagel in a sidebar in the courtroom.  We’ll know soon!

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Cross of Rob Blagojevich Ends

Robert Blagojevich withstood a biting cross examination from the government without ever backing off his assertion that he never mixed fundraising with government action.  Chris Niewoehner pressed him again on whether he thought Ragu Nayak was trying to rekindle a deal to have Jesse Jackson Jr. appointed to the senate seat in exchange for raising […]

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