Blagojevich Blog: Inside the Jury Room: Their Vote on Every Count

Now that the Blagojevich jury has been dismissed, reports on how they voted are front page news. We’ve compiled our own breakdown on how the jury voted on all 24 counts, constructed from juror notes. Click on any of the counts below to see the final vote tally, find out what crime the Blagojevichs were charged with, and the alleged scheme the crime was connected to. You can also click on the names of the crimes to see their legal definitions.

A quick note on those alleged schemes. The Blagojevich case centers around six main issues. According to prosecutors, Blagojevich tried to sell the Senate seat left vacant by Barack Obama in exchange for a political appointment or a job for himself or his wife. He also tried to extort a highway contractor, a race track official, and Children’s Memorial Hospital, according to the indictment. In exchange for campaign contributions, Blagojevich allegedly told the three groups that he would support legislation that would boost their industry. He also tried to extort Rahm Emanuel, according to prosecutors, dangling a state grant for a new school in his district. Finally, prosecutors say Blagojevich illegally took money from a state pension fund as part of a refinancing plan. We’ve shorthanded them below as: Senate Seat, Highway Contractor, Racetrack, Children’s Memorial, School Grant, and Pension Deal.

You’ll also find a graph of jury vote patterns on the right.

Key

Guilty Votes

Not Guilty Votes

Count 1 – Racketeering

Rod Blagojevich

To convict Rod Blagojevich of racketeering, the jury had to decide he committed at least two of the acts below, and that they were “related” to each other. To add to some of the confusion jurors felt, those acts were broken up into offenses. The jury only had to find Blagojevich committed one offense to find he committed the act. But because the jurors could not agree to any of the acts, they didn’t take a vote on the overall racketeering charge.

Below are the votes on whether Rod Blagojevich committed those individual acts.

Act 1, Pension Deal

Conspiracy to Commit Bribery

10 – Guilty Votes

2 – Not Guilty Votes

Bribery

10 – Guilty Votes

2 – Not Guilty Votes

Act 2, School Grant

Attempted Extortion

10 – Guilty Votes

2 – Not Guilty Votes

Attempted Bribery

8 – Guilty Votes

4 – Not Guilty Votes

Act 3, Children’s Memorial Hospital

Attempted Extortion

8 – Guilty Votes

4 – Not Guilty Votes

Attempted Bribery

6 – Guilty Votes

6 – Not Guilty Votes

Wire Fraud

6 – Guilty Votes

6 – Not Guilty Votes

Act 4, Racetrack

Conspiracy to Commit Extortion

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Conspiracy to Commit Bribery

8 – Guilty Votes

4 – Not Guilty Votes

Wire Fraud

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Act 5, Highway Contractor

Attempted Extortion

6 – Guilty Votes

6 – Not Guilty Votes

Attempted Bribery

6 – Guilty Votes

6 – Not Guilty Votes

Act 6, Senate Seat

Conspiracy to Commit Extortion

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Attempted Extortion

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Conspiracy to Commit Bribery

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Wire Fraud

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Wire Fraud

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Wire Fraud

9 – Guilty Votes

3 – Not Guilty Votes

Wire Fraud

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Wire Fraud

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Wire Fraud

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Wire Fraud

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Wire Fraud

10 – Guilty Votes

2 – Not Guilty Votes

Wire Fraud

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 2 – Racketeering Conspiracy

Rod Blagojevich

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 3 – Wire Fraud, Children’s Memorial

Rod Blagojevich

5 – Guilty Votes

7 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 4 – Wire Fraud, Senate Seat, Highway Constructor and Racetrack

Rod Blagojevich

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Robert Blagojevich

7 – Guilty Votes

5 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 5 – Wire Fraud, Senate Seat

Rod Blagojevich

10 – Guilty Votes

2 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 6 – Wire Fraud, Senate Seat

Rod Blagojevich

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 7 – Wire Fraud, Senate Seat

Rod Blagojevich

7 – Guilty Votes

5 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 8 – Wire Fraud, Senate Seat

Rod Blagojevich

7 – Guilty Votes

5 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 9 – Wire Fraud, Senate Seat

Rod Blagojevich

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 10 – Wire Fraud, Senate Seat

Rod Blagojevich

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 11 – Wire Fraud, Senate Seat

Rod Blagojevich

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 12 – Wire Fraud, Racetrack

Rod Blagojevich

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 13 – Wire Fraud, Senate Seat

Rod Blagojevich

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 14 – Attempted Extortion, School Grant

Rod Blagojevich

9 – Guilty Votes

3 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 15 – Attempted Extortion, Children’s Memorial

Rod Blagojevich

7 – Guilty Votes

5 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 16 – Bribery, Children’s Memorial

Rod Blagojevich

5 – Guilty Votes

7 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 17 – Conspiracy to Commit Extortion, Racetrack

Rod Blagojevich

10 – Guilty Votes

2 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 18 – Conspiracy to Commit Bribery, Racetrack

Rod Blagojevich

9 – Guilty Votes

3 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 19 – Attempted Extortion, Highway Contractor

Rod Blagojevich

5 – Guilty Votes

7 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 20 – Bribery, Highway Contractor

Rod Blagojevich

5 – Guilty Votes

7 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 21 – Conspiracy to Commit Extortion, Senate Seat

Rod Blagojevich

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Robert Blagojevich

8 – Guilty Votes

4 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 22 – Attempted Extortion, Senate Seat

Rod Blagojevich

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Robert Blagojevich

5 – Guilty Votes

7 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 23 – Conspiracy to Commit Bribery, Senate Seat

Rod Blagojevich

11 – Guilty Votes

1 – Not Guilty Votes

Robert Blagojevich

8 – Guilty Votes

4 – Not Guilty Votes

Count 24 – Making false statements

Rod Blagojevich

The jury voted on the following two statements Rod Blagojevich made to the FBI. They only needed to unanimously decide one was false to convict him.

“Rod Blagojevich has tried to maintain a firewall between politics and government.”

6 – Guilty Votes

6 – Not Guilty Votes

“Rod Blagojevich does not track, or does not want to know, who contributes to him or how much they are contributing to him.”

12 – Guilty Votes

0 – Not Guilty Votes

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24 Responses to “Inside the Jury Room: Their Vote on Every Count”

  1. lucia suqi says:

    He should be retried.

  2. Kay Norfleet says:

    Please Mr. Fitzgerald, let’s not pay anymore attention to this clown. OK the people of Illinois made a bad mistake by elevcting him. A retrial will cost too much. The State needs money. Just let him, hopefully, go back to obscurity.

  3. Richard Raish says:

    He MUST be retried as a message to other politicians.

  4. John M McCarthy says:

    Retry this criminal SOB and this time make sure the jury members also are fully aware of swearing an oath to impartial justice. Reading the jury’s vote totals, it’s clear that Blago’s act had one juror delusional & starry eyed. I’d be willing to bet it’s a middle aged white woman who still idolizes Elvis.
    Turn up the heat, Mr. Fitzgerald! Subpoena everyone, including Obama, if relevant & necessary.
    And indict Patti. These people are making a mockery of the citizens of Illinois and the criminal justice system. None of these bastards should be spared a full & final prosecution.

  5. Joyce Banks says:

    Mr. Fitzgerald made a mistake. He moved too quickly to catch the governor commiting crimes. However, in almost all of the counts, the governor never received any money, no payoff, no gains politically (such as the senate seat), so
    what is he guilty of? He most likely would have acted upon some of the things he said, but did not get the chance. You can’t send someone to jail based on what he might do.

    NO MORE TRIALS, Taxpayers should not foot the bill if they
    still want to re-trial.

  6. Dan says:

    Elizabeth Bracket: These are some of my comments and opinions:

    First, your interview with Robert Blagojevich was excellent and I question if he had adequate working knowledge of campaign finance laws which on a federal level change alot and were overhauled by the supreme court recently, having entrusted his legal council to his brother, Rod. He, Robert, allowed himself to be interrogated on the senate seat matter for which he faces four conts and this god damb jury has the nerve to direct their ire at Rod when in essence both brothers were accused of the same crimes involving the senate seat. The numbers do not add up at points and I would exonerate this man Robert because he was doing a favor on a volunteer basis to his brother and operated at the advice of council. Juries are no more expected to make this differentiation than Robert and both Robert and the jury, so we are clear,operated like an amoeba.The culpability is clear and unequivical…… in the case of Robert’s innocence and the jury’s naeivete based on your,( Jury members). interview with two of them.

    I enjoyed your Modal like LET’S MAKE A DEAL expression,(Monty Hall) as I interpreted it during your interview with Robert, behind door/count number#………A black jack table….yummy!!!!!!!!!
    ZIE GAZUNTE!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. If the FBI nailed Rod B on lying about campaign funds, it is his word against theirs.
    2. We, the audience, need a breakdown of these eight outcomes and their specific counts, acts and offenses, in which counts are synonmous to acts at points, and an offense committed equates to an act(s)=racketeering, hence the three categories are in the end given equal weight at points……..(i) is this the law and,(ii) in this basic logical discourse tying together counts with acts, at times the same yet different, and at times were offenses understood by the jury and handled in their apropriate sequences? The wire frauds scaire me and the public must see the sequence of these counts and acts as seperate and the same because the jury bought into none of it! Certainly the jury had Pirranahs bights at the carcass, and came up with nothing. It only proves no one trusts the U.S. Attorney or FBI-the filthy nazis!!!!!!!!!!!

    Act 6: Senate seat: Again, are these wire frauds specifically mentioned in sequence and how was the jury expected to deciminate them all?

    Count 4: Why bunch them together?

  7. Dan says:

    I agree, no more trials because justice was in all likelihood served and we are talking millions of tax payor moneys the second time around. I hope Rod rallies public support against a second trial. Zagle should have intervened on Robert’s behalf and aquitted him due to an overzealous prosecutor who has proven misconduct in countless cases in his pursuit of justice. I would like for Rod Blagojevich to take the one count conviction and sentenced to time served. Write a book, host a radio show…….then he’s back in the game. That is fair.

  8. George Demos says:

    Rod was impeached and fired from his job as Governor. That’s enough DISGRACE to last a lifetime. I don’t see any merit in incarcerating him or Patti and denying his two daughters a father and mother they will sorely be needing during their “growing up” years. Crucifixion ended with the ancient Romans; we don’t need to reinstitute it in this day and age. Please, no retrial.

    Robert, his brother, should never have been indicted.

    Rod was supported twice, by the leaders and the members of the democratic party of Illinois. The leadership especially knew what kind of a Governor he was after his first term. I blame them for making a mockery out of “governance” in the state of Illinois.

  9. Dan says:

    George is right on. Patti melt was named in the indictment and Fitzgerald and company never went after her. Survival, bubba. No one knows what this disturbed man named Fitzgerald is doing and I hope he keeps his sallery and ends up working traffic court cases. Fitzgerald and the FBI have a sedistic bent but like wolves following injured prey, they scatter at the first sign of a fight. The subculture of law enforcement in America makes me sick. It aint like those wildly successful television shows like law and order and csi and criminal minds etc. Real lives and real people with feelings. You have an axe to grind, Dirkson, monitor the folks at the general assembly who come across as brilliant while are debt continues to mount and Madigan manipulates. Monitor crooked multinational managements in financial institutions, and monitor intelligence agencies that cater to rapist mentalities that speak and carry on like eccentirc aristocrats from eighteenth century france fixated on wine afficianado magazines and french restaurants while in the spirit of Marie Antwinet, they carry on as if aloof to peoples sufferings and victimizations. The public knows what is going on and its good will has been spent, mon amis…..

  10. Nearly Normal says:

    Dan,

    Take your meds and calm down. You are scary.

  11. Dan says:

    Your name gives you away.

  12. Nearly Normal says:

    At least i am not off the rails!

  13. Dan says:

    Now what does the term “rails” mean, my annoynomous friend? have you perused my blog, sick-o?

  14. JB says:

    The State of Illinois has a long history of wasting taxpayers’ money. At least with the retrial of Blago, we can be entertained for for our tax money.

  15. Dan says:

    Pardon me for obsessing, but the staff at Chicago tonight has created a one stop shop for all things political in Chicago and the state. The state is bankrupt and pensions alone insure this absent other strains.the Blagojevich affair bodes terribly for Illinois and now the Washington Post and Wall street journal want Patrick Fitzgerald out of office and he needs to be placed in traffic court. There is nothing entertaining about millions of dollars spent on a court room full of disturbed people that create and further the theme of the indescribably dirty business of tribunals in Illinois. Nothing entertaining about a Dirkson federal crowd that manipulates indictments which wreak of ethics violations, illegalities and nonsense. It appears Rod’s brother should not have been indicted, his wife should have, and hideous crimes get swept under the carpet and poor people are despensed with like trash in the criminal justice system in Illinois. It is clear the system is corrupt and Rod beat the odds thus far by showing how a loaded indictment of the most sedistic nature could not sway a jury to convict. No one can trust law enforcement in Illinois and given the gross inconsistencies and history of evidence tampering in the state of Illinois it should seem certain Blagojevich will see a hung jury on 23 counts yet again.

  16. PeterD says:

    “Certainly the jury had Pirranahs bights at the carcass, and came up with nothing. It only proves no one trusts the U.S. Attorney or FBI-the filthy nazis!!!!!!!!!!!” You said it all right here. People are finally wising up, let’s hope. That’s the way it looks.

  17. Dan says:

    You oughta read my blog Pete because that would make tax payors and estranged family members speechless. Or perhaps you are aware of the Chicago police having thrown a party for a cop that killed two people having driven drunk, these college kids burned in their car, while he eventually got out of his car on the Dan Ryan, cars honking and swerving to avoid him as he walked in a drunken gate, the explicatives flying, some black kids trying to extricate kids their own age from the burning car, again the accident caused by a man old enough to be the victims father. The law enforcement community in Illinois at all levels has destroyed our state……the Chicago police having given themselves a 100% pay raise for rookies recently and this in a dismal economy. They have made it popular to go after me as if they decide that if I am intellectually dull or it seems reasonable, I loose my inalienable rights which includes attempted murder, theft, murder of a relative, sexual assaults, stalking, alleged voyeurism, reckless endangerment, data base stalking through an intranet, and extortion. We have to wake up to the fact that we have a bunch of sick pedophilic whores at the Dirkson federal building and need I comment on Burge’s torcher and attempted murder spree? My brother’s worst crime was an obsession with police procedures when he went off his lithium and any criminal charge he beat, and he did so 90% of the time. He was mentally ill, not a criminal. He never could accept he would not have a career in law enforcement and for this he was truly nuts. As for me, though I made mistakes in my past, it never involved my dealings with law enforcement which only arised when I needed to report suspicious activity or crimes, otherwise I told them forget it. The whole network of the media and law enforcement and the courts in Illinois is a disgrace. I hope Rod’s brother walks from these charges because he had a change of heart and made it clear he , in the end, was not interested in committing crimes. Patti Blagojevich……why name her in the indictment and not charge her? Assholes like Fitzgerald think they can do whatever they want so one jurror who was in tuned to what was going on probably thought, is the evidence manipulated, complete, or even manufactured? What are you doing FBI and US Attorneys? Why cut a deal with Lon Monk when he sais he does not know who he’s extorting and where to pick up his stash? Whaaaaat?!!!!!!!!!
    One jury member’s family was placed in an internment camp and he joined the U.S. military? Bought into this indictment even though it was illegal and confusing? I want to know why wire fraud charges in some parts of the indictment are classified as counts and others acts? Is that like felonies overlap misdemeanors and vice versa? Why was the judge witholding evidence upon a jury request? Why was Fitzgerald allowed to sign off on the jury instructions and why did he violate the governor’s legal and civil rights during impeachment proceedings? Do not get me wrong, it is my strong sense this former governor is mentally ill and guilty of crimes , this trial like many was every man for himself. If you think the attorneys are concerned for their clients they are allowed to bankrupt as in the OJ Simpson case and Robert Blake trial, forgrt it!!! They can go to hell too.

    I belive the Dirkson federal crowd brought this governor his freedom and hopefully will continue to because of their diabolical criminal activities. I am beholden to none of the crap……no pension to worry about, no lost friends, no cover ups, no pending debts to a job in law enforcement because I am not connected to them anywhere. We witness their antics all the time and I distance myself from it and always have. I learned on the east coast if you can not excell there or to the desired level anywhere, don’t kid yourself. I got plenty of fight left in me and the law enforcement community in many parts of Illinois should be avoided.

    Did that cop know who was in the car he rammed and ended up killing those patrons in the worst manner possible one can die? I doubt it, so any biases get thrown out. Any one could have been in that car….

  18. Dan says:

    John, it is patrick Fitzgerald and the FBI and law enforcement in Illinois that is delusional. patrick Fitzgerald is a sedistic nazi deviant and he should not have named Patti Blagojevich in an indictment if he had no intention of indicting her. He should not have plead to certain witnesses like Lon Monk who made him and law enforcement in Illinois appear stupid. Fitzgerald should not have charged Robert who retracted potential illegalities so that on his end they never came to fruition as was the case with Rod, and Fitzgerald should not have signed off on faulty jury instructions that were also illegal. The jury can not trust a government that manipulates, omits and contaminates evidence to seek an outcome to their liking. If Patti committed crimes, she should have been charged; if Rod requested all the tapes to be played to the jury and only 2% were, than given the points made in this writing, I am shocked the government made as much headway as it did. If were on that jury I would make it clear to judge Zagle you will recuse me or after having read the jury instructions I wil vote hung on all of the counts, acts, and offenses. The judge made it too easy in this case as a criminal himself and in the sense he and the US attorney created reasonable doubt by their appalling misconduct. Do not get me wrong, you are no fool, these characters that were named in the indictment are disturbed through little fault of their own and they did either test the waters or committed crimes. However, so did the judge and the US attorney’s office. If one can not trust anyone in this case, than the loan jury member voted correctly, and from what I gather, she is black and the US Attorney did nothing to stop area two’s John Burge from his torcher and attempted murder spree of male blacks. Burge was never charged with crimes against people just perjury and obstruction. that case was settled next door and as a side note, I am convinced if Burge had done his job admirably two cops in the seventies out of area two would not have been murdered. Burge should aknowledge that.

  19. Bessie says:

    The reason Fitzgerald didn’t go after Patti was because he needed Rezko testimony and his “letter” excuse not to call him is absolute b.s…EVERY witness in this case and every case the feds have ever prosecuted their witnesses were self confessed liars, it’s their field of expertise…The real reason they didn’t call Rezko was because they couldn’t control the cross and they couldn’t risk Obama being implicated after Fitzgerald promised to minimize the mention of his name…Fitzgerald blew this case because he couldn’t prosecute Milorad properly without the mention of his boss…To the people who think Fitz should be fired is a joke, he’ll probably get a promotion.

  20. Dan says:

    Bessie: I am taking heat for my posts and the threats are already coming in. Your argument is complicated, So before I address it, I will continue to add my own touches.

    First, this case has placed the feds on ice: Elizabeth Brackett noted in her book Pay To Play Fitzgerald violated the dormer governor’s legal rights by participating in an impeachment that denied Blagojevich his constitutional and legal rights, all but one member of the general Assembly voted to have Blagojevich removed from office, a general assembly that has bankrupted Illinois, okay? Now a jury in a criminal court told the court we are not buying into the government’s charges, we just aint going to convict. One body sais your finished another sais no.

    Now the fact the government included Patti in the indictment/affadivit and did not persue her destroys the US attorneys credibility but this has gone on forever, and when all else fails, it becomes a macho game and anyone who questions law enforcement’s authority is a whimp worthy of being murdered. now Rezko is key in all of this and he certainly got aound….. Obama was forced to donate any moneys tied to Rezko and when Sam Adams senior tried to get Obama to testify the Judge daid nada.( Oh yummy, Nada and tostadas and Sombraros). Anyway, This same scenario played out in the Valerie Plame affair when the President was not so much as questioned by the FBI and US attorney. So the next jury is going to wonder, what’s going on with the evidence? Too many holes, only the next trial will make it that much worse for Fitzgerald and the FBI……because they controlled the evidence and jurrors can not conclude if it was omitted, manipulated, or dubbed.

  21. Bob says:

    Remember, there is absolutely no evidence that Rob Blagojevich leaned hard on specific jury members to make almost all the charges go away. Extortion, bribery and threats are very out of character for him, and even implying that they may have occurred here is simply slanderous.

    Having a retrial simply because a jury is hung on 23 out of 24 counts would be unheard of, anyway.

  22. Dan says:

    Bob: I think an easy solution to all of this is to encourage the court to release the entire court transcript to the public so that people may decide what the jurry’s decision should have been in their own minds. I agree with it. If the court sais no, than a permit should be sought and millions should be ecouraged to protest in their seeking answers to this Blagojevich saga. After all, millions took to the streets to celebrate a hockey victory, why not millions to seek answers to a government that is bankrupting Illinois, V iolting a governor’s legal and civil rights in an impeachment hearing and other illegalities and ethics violations. This is a chance to say we are tired of the antics……An FBI whose leader for fifty years paraded around Washington dressed as a woman, violated peoples privacy, ruined peoples lives and hid behind a vale of lies. Ask why the general Assembly expelled a governor 176-1 in a vote to impeach while a crimianl jury said no dice. Let’s put the Nazis in law enforcement in Cook County and media scum on the defensive the way our fore fathers said to England we want something better.

    Let’s find out why the wall street journal and Washington post want Fitzgerald to resign; why did the US Attorney keep a lid on torcher cases until Obama was elected? I am telling you, America, we can get our country back and begin a road to long term prosperity because less than ten years ago things looked hopeful.

    What do you say?

  23. Dan says:

    Have you people ever heared of anything so unusual? The US Attornry is dropping charges against Robert Blagojevich because of the , “desparity of roles” the among the defendants, may choose to re try the brother, Robert, as an option they availed themselves to, and yet the U.S. Attorney expressed according to cbs 2 news they dropped charges in the interest of justice. Initially the U.S Attorney sought less than 48 hours from the time of this post to try the brothers seperately and was refused by Attorney Michael Ettinger, Robert’s lead attorney in the case. So much for the interest shannigans…….they do not know what they are doing. However, Robert never sholuld have been placed on trial.

    I predict the government will waste tax payor money in the second case and more jurrors will gravitate to Rod on the senate seat matter because of the overlap and outcome visa a vie Robert. In the end Rob and Robert took the exact same course of action on the senate seat matter. There was talk and retraction either by both in action and Rod going along with his brother’s Robert actions.

    The government continues to destroy its credibility and may force future jurrors to aquit the former governor of all counts. All prospective ne(ww )jurrors must aknowledge the first criminal tribunal and wonder what in God’s name is going on? WHERE IS THE GOVERNMENT’S CREDIBILITY?

    In whose interest?

  24. Dan says:

    I went over the counts again, I am convinced that if future jurrors are allowed to study the court transcript of the trial , aknowledging the outcome of Robert’s case, they will determine shennanigans on the part of the US Attorney and will conclude they are strategizing rather than persuing the truth in the Blagojevich matter. Attempting to second guess if evidence has been omitted, contaminated or dubbed is serious business and the credibility factor gets thrown out the window here as far as the government is concerned. Personally, the day of reckoning has arrived and a sedistic Dirkson federal crowd has finally sampled its own medicine for all of Illinois and a nation to BEAR witness. This former governor has been punished enough…..he lost his job and a chance to perhaps have made it to the White House; he lost future chances to make big bucks at certain jobs in the private sector; he upset his brother and family, and a chance to perhaps clean up Illinois budget woes.

    On a personal note, I am devsetated by the law enforcement and medias and civilian collusion in matters concerning me , family and tax payors of Illinois, in an appallingly desperate follow through of extortion and a littany of crimes for assets and to monopolize its authority in a group think scenario that has played out in this Blagojevich affair and others. The good news is America can preserve what it has and make meaningful progress going forword absent the greed factor and an alteration of belief systems. Indeed, a miracle played out in the first trial showing that justice can prevail when Americans from different backgrounds gather to seek justice in our American system of law. I do not agree with the methods of all jurrors conclusions but I do believe they arrived at the correct conclusions. A stranglehold was lifted off one man and another only to be re applied again, Rod Blagojevich needs to be set free because the powers that be have abused their authority and terrorized the vulnerable. It has been a painful revelation for me yet in seeking answers to the complexities of human suffering and contention, we owe it to future generations to seek not just a newer world, but a better one as well.

    Dan