Trial

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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Mumbai Terrorist Attacks

At 7:00 pm on Chicago Tonight, Ash-har Quraishi fills us in on opening statements in the trial of Tahawwur Rana, a Chicago businessman accused of organizing the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India that left 166 dead. At approximately 11:00 pm on November 26th, 2008, a group of young men entered the city of Mumbai […]

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Transition from Jury Foreman to Spectator

Without a doubt it was different. Amid the expanse of wooden walls, wooden benches, wooden tables and vinyl-covered seats that were so familiar to me, there was a whiff of strangeness. I entered the court through the back doors and sat down among the spectators until I was moved to the reserved press seats across […]

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Exclusive Interview with Sheldon Sorosky

Chicago Tonight sat down with the head of Rod Blagojevich’s legal team, Sheldon Sorosky, for an exclusive interview about the former Illinois governor and the chances of an acquittal. Blagojevich made it to court Thursday for the first round of jury questioning. He was present while jurors revealed a host of issues with his claims […]

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Potential Jurors Hoping To Avoid Blagojevich Retrial

As jury questioning for Rod Blagojevich’s retrial got underway Thursday morning, it became evident that many of the potential jurors were hoping to avoid the trial. U.S. District Judge James Zagel noted that there were an extraordinary number of jurors who asked to be excused, but he informed those in the courtroom that he did […]

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