Blagojevich Trial 2011

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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Lawyers Summoned to Court on Day 5

Jurors in the Rod Blagojevich corruption retrial ended their fifth day of deliberations on Thursday with no verdict. Earlier in the day, the prosecution and defense lawyers were summoned to court on the fifth day of deliberations in the Rod Blagojevich corruption retrial because jurors sent a note asking for clarifications on a jury instruction […]

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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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Jury Wraps Day 3; Sends First Note to Judge

Jurors in the Rod Blagojevich corruption retrial sent their first note to the judge on their third day of deliberations. They were going through transcripts from a phone call from Nov. 14, 2008 between the former governor and his brother, Robert, when they noticed that some of them had nine pages and some had five […]

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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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Deliberations Quiet So Far

Jurors wrapped their second day of deliberations on Monday in the Rod Blagojevich corruption retrial. After nearly six weeks of testimony, jurors began deliberating the 20 counts against the former Illinois governor on Friday. The jury consists of 11 women and 1 man. According to Judge James Zagel, jurors chose a foreperson and a schedule […]

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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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Jury Deliberations Underway

The fate of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is now in the hands of the jury. After nearly six weeks of testimony in the corruption retrial, jurors began deliberating on Friday morning. Meanwhile, the defense filed a motion for a mistrial, stating that Judge James Zagel’s repeated rulings against the defense team created an unfair […]

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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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Case Goes to Jury

The fate of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is now in the hands of the jury. The prosecution and the defense teams finished their closing arguments Thursday afternoon. Prosecutor Reid Schar had a chance at rebuttal before Judge James Zagel began instructing the jury on their responsibilities. Jury deliberations are expected to begin Friday morning.

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Prosecutor Breaks Down Charges

Prosecutor Carrie Hamilton continues to methodically detail the charges against Blagojevich this morning. She tells the jury to tie each charge to the basic question, “Did the defendant try to get a personal benefit in exchange for an official act?” She concludes by saying the evidence and the law command you to find him guilty. […]

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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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FBI and Gerald Krozel

FBI agent Jonathan Rauske testified that road builder Gerald Krozel told him that he never felt that the highway bill depended on his fundraising efforts. The FBI came to Krozel’s home the same morning Blagojevich was arrested on Dec 9, 2008. Krozel has testified that he was terrified when the FBI appeared at his door […]

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Bill Lipinski

Former congressman Bill Lipinski testifies that he never asked Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. for a $25,000 campaign contribution for Blagojevich when he was running for governor in 2002. Jackson testified earlier that Blagojevich had not appointed his wife Sandi to head up the state lottery in 2003. Jackson told the jury, “The governor snapped his […]

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