On Monday, June 27, 2011, former governor Rod Blagojevich was found guilty of 17 of the 20 counts; one count not guilty and two were undecided. It was a surprising, to me at least, indictment of Blagojevich. And the jury held a press conference to stay the hounds of the “rapacious media.” Tomorrow the names of the jurors will be released and they too will be fair game for the media.
The foreperson, juror number 146, read a prepared statement and asked that this press conference be the last. The media still has questions and they will call: be forewarned. Answer or not as you will. No one will blame you if you choose not to speak.
I do want to commend you for your service and the dedication it took to come up with a just verdict. Those that spoke emphasized that the deliberation was based on evidence and only evidence. Just as it should be. Number 146 said you deliberated with respect for each other. What more can I say than bravo.
I did try to get into the courtroom for the reading of the verdict but it was not to be. When I got to the 25th floor there were my old compatriots standing in line and in the media pen. We waved and greeted each other. I shook a few hands. It gave my heart strings a twang, I’ll admit. I will miss the camaraderie and conversation with these excellent people.
I’ll miss writing these blogs also. It has been a rewarding experience and humbling, too. Humbling to realize how much about writing I’ve forgotten or never knew. Just as I was hitting my stride, I must stop.
In any event “thanks for the memories,” and the opportunity to inform, amuse or infuriate you. I hope you have enjoyed the experience half as much as I have. Thank you all; and I give you my best gold-plated wishes for your health and happiness.