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Over, Thank You

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 […]

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Can This Be The Day?

Can this be the day? Should I go down to the courthouse this morning and wait for the verdict? Do I have a premonition of events to come? Is the pressure in my gut telling me that this is it? Am I psychic or do I just have gas? On the other hand, it is […]

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Nine Days Deliberating

Will the jury meet Friday? Blagojevich I’s jury did not meet on Fridays because of previous commitments made when it was anticipated that the trial would last much longer than it did, and we had been sitting in court only four days a week. During the trial, those members of the jury who worked would […]

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Still Waiting

Yesterday, I talked with a reporter who said she would be on the air in a few minutes and she had nothing; nothing important to report about Blagojevich II. Susan Berger had two tweets today. Today, Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times columnist, had an expert come up with four fanciful scenarios concerning what was happening with […]

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Time to Summarize

During this down time where all of the heavy lifting is being done by the jury, everyone else who has been following this trial has a time to reflect, and, if they have them, look at their notes. One of the better summaries I’ve seen is on Susan Berger’s web site: www.blagojustice.com. She also does […]

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Summer Solstice

Happy first day of summer. In Chicago, it’s overcast, warm and humid. Nothing surprising for Chicago: the record high temperature for this date was 104 degrees in 1953. And the jury is still deliberating. No one is reporting what has been brought in for lunch. The lunch menu security must be tighter this time around. […]

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Blah, Blah, Blago Blog

At this point of Blagojevich II where there isn’t much going on in front of the public, exciting or interesting bits are hard to come by. Last week the jury asked the judge for clarification of the third proposition of the wire fraud counts charge. They constitute half of the charges against Blagojevich. I still […]

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Foreperson Qualities

What qualities can a person have that makes one a good foreperson? How can one judge those qualities in another person, one you don’t know well or at all? Is the choosing like a beauty pageant contestant voting for the one who is most congenial? Is it the person most likable who wins? One member […]

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Day 4: No Decisions

Each day, the jurors must decide unanimously from where they will order lunch. After a few weeks of take-away food, it becomes more and more difficult to be enthusiastic about another fast food lunch. The same can be said for donuts and muffins in the morning. The days there was fresh fruit was such a […]

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Deliberation Details: Trial 1

During the deliberation of the first Blagojevich trial, Judge Zagel joked and said that he knew the jury was getting along fairly well since he had not heard any shouting or screaming from the jury room which is adjacent to the Judge’s office; and also because the CSOs did not have to go into the […]

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The Long Wait

The second long wait for Rod. What toll does the waiting for a verdict have on the former governor? It can’t be easy for the family and even the supporters of Blagojevich; and there are many of them. I hear and I read in columns and editorials about the need for justice. I think there […]

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No Court: Deliberation

Although the trial phase of Blagojevich II has ended, there is still much to be accomplished. But this time the cast of characters is 12: 11 women and 1 man. Is he comfortable with the odds? Does he feel overwhelmed by an estrogen cloud? I don’t envy him nor his jury companions. On Friday, they […]

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End Of Trial

I am seventh in line this morning, and it was the best I’ve done and it’s the last day of the trial. Only deliberation and the verdict are left, other than sentencing that is. Dr. Jack is back, as is Floyd. Jack is a retired ophthalmologist and Floyd is a retired pilot who flew for […]

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Advice for Blago II Jury

I am not advising this Blagojevich jury how to deliberate and what the verdict should be. They will no doubt find their way with more or less problems than Blago I had. I wish them luck with deliberation. It’s a tough, tough task; I am thankful I do not have to do it this time. […]

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Cross, Redirect

Another murderous morning of getting up at 3:45 am, hurrying to dress and out the door to catch the early “L” at 4:30. The number of people in line at the courthouse from day to day is like an accordion: it lengthens and shortens as if by someone’s whim. Tuesday it was shorter than Monday. […]

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