Blagojevich Trial 2011

Blagojevich’s Sentencing Date Set

A tentative sentencing date has been set for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, following his conviction on 17 counts during his corruption retrial this summer. U.S. District Judge James Zagel has set the hearing for October 6, 2011. Zagel said Blagojevich’s sentencing hearing could last anywhere from two hours to two days, depending on the [...]

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Jurors from Blagojevich Retrial Speak Out

On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, the jury forewoman from the Blagojevich retrial, along with two other jurors, joins Elizabeth Brackett to discuss the deliberation process and how they arrived at their verdict. We also spoke with two additional jurors from the trial. We asked Maya Moody and Rosemary Bennett a series of questions by [...]

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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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Blagojevich Trial Verdict

Jurors in the Rod Blagojevich corruption retrial have found the former Illinois governor guilty on 17 counts, not guilty on 1 count and were hung on 2 counts. The counts included wire fraud, extortion, bribery, conspiracy to commit extortion and conspiracy to solicit bribes. The 20 counts involved five schemes: the marquee allegation of attempting [...]

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Blagojevich Arrives

Rod and Patti Blagojevich just arrived on the 25th floor of the Federal Building. When he passed waiting reporters, he asked me how I had done in a triathlon this weekend. I gave him a thumbs up and he replied, “hope I’m as lucky.”

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Blago Verdict

There is a verdict in the Blagojevich trial. Jurors sent the judge a note this morning saying they had reached a verdict on 18 counts but were unable to reach a verdict on the remaining 2 counts. Rod Blagojevich will be in the courtroom at 1:00 pm when the jury will announce its verdict.

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Blagojevich Found Guilty on 17 Counts

Jurors in the Rod Blagojevich retrial have found the former governor guilty on 17 counts, not guilty on 1 count and hung on 2 counts. The verdict was read shortly after 2:00 pm Monday. Visit our Blagojevich Trial Verdict page to see a breakdown of how the jury voted. Watch Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm [...]

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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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Jury Instructions

On May 20, 2011, the government filed its proposed instructions for the jury. These, however, are not the final instructions. According to the spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office, only Judge James Zagel and the jury have the final instructions, agreed upon by both the prosecution and the defense. After the government filed its proposed [...]

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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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Breakdown of the Alleged Shakedowns

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was charged with 24 counts of political corruption in April 2009. The first trial on those counts, which also included his brother Robert Blagojevich, began on June 8, 2010. The verdict came down on August 17, 2010: Blagojevich was convicted of making false statements to the FBI, and the jury [...]

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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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