The Blagojevich Brothers Still Waiting ….. For A Verdict


Blagojevich jury calls it a day, on to day 14

By

Sarah Ostman

on August 16, 2010 4:59 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki and Dave McKinney

It was a quiet afternoon here at the Dirksen Building, following this morning’s jury question.

And now, the jurors have headed home, concluding their 13th day of deliberations. They’ll be back in the morning.

Mayor Bloomberg’s guy is focus of #Blagojevich jury. Here’s what he said.

By

Natasha Korecki

on August 16, 2010 12:10 PM

Rumors of a mistrial, hung jury or partial verdict ran rampant this morning.

Then jurors in Rod Blagojevich’s case threw us a curve ball.

They’ve asked for a complete transcript of testimony of a governor’s onetime aide.

Bradley Tusk’s June 21st testimony was relatively brief and came on a busy trial day.
Tusk, a onetime aide to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, testified about an alleged shakedown scheme contained in the government’s indictment.

Tusk said while he was deputy governor of Illinois Blagojevich told him he wanted a message delivered to then-U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel: A $2 million grant for the Chicago Academy, a school in Emanuel’s district, was on hold unless his brother, Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel, held a fund-raiser.

Ari is the inspiration for the “Entourage” character, Ari Gold.

Tusk said he didn’t deliver the message but called Blagojevich’s lawyer to tell him: “You need to get your client under control.”

Tusk’s time on the stand came on a big day for the trial.
Racetrack owner John Johnston testified in the morning for the prosecution and the day former chief of staff John Harris also took the stand.

Here’s some of our postings on Tusk’s testimony: Click here

And here

And here

No verdict yet; Blagojevich jury asks for deputy governor’s testimony

By

Sarah Ostman

on August 16, 2010 11:17 AM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki and Dave McKinney

As Judge James Zagel described it, the jury’s question was “less than earth-shattering.”

The jurors asked for the transcript of deputy governor Bradley Tusk’s testimony in its entirety. Zagel has agreed to provide it.

Tusk’s testimony centered on a charge involving the alleged attempted extortion of Rahm Emanuel, then a congressman. That charge is count 14 — and not directly among the 11 wire fraud counts that the panel presumably was going back and deliberating after revealing Thursday they hadn’t come to a conclusion on those counts.

However, the Emanuel scheme is included in three other, broader counts, including count one: racketeering; count two: racketeering conspiracy and the overall wire fraud scheme, which is spelled out in count three in the indictment.

Count three is a long, cumbersome charge that includes an overview of all the major schemes in the case but it is charged as a wire fraud.

In his testimony, Bradley Tusk, a onetime aide to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said that while he was deputy governor of Illinois, Blagojevich told him he wanted a message delivered to then-U.S. Rep. Emanuel: A $2 million grant for the Chicago Academy, a school in Emanuel’s district, was on hold unless his brother, Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel, held a fund-raiser.

Ari is the inspiration for the “Entourage” character, Ari Gold.

Tusk said he didn’t deliver the message but called Blagojevich’s lawyer, Bill Quinlan, and told him: “You need to get your client under control.”

Neither Rahm Emanuel nor his brother held a fund-raiser for Blagojevich. And the school did get eventually get the money, but the funds were released slowly, according to testimony.

Today’s communication from jurors comes after a three-day weekend for the panel, which signaled on Thursday it was at a stalemate over much of the case after 12 days of talks.

Jurors last week said they had agreed on just two of the 24 counts. They had not even deliberated on 11 wire fraud counts.

Zagel asked them to go back and discuss those charges even if they conclude they could not agree.

The jury is now on a lunch break. Zagel is giving the defense 30 minutes to come up with case law to dispute any issues.

Defense lawyer Aaron Goldstein had asked that jurors be told they should rely on their best recollection of the testimony even after they were given the transcript. Zagel said if Goldstein could give him case law on that, he’d consider it.

Blagojevich trial: Attorneys called in for jury question

By

Sarah Ostman

on August 16, 2010 11:03 AM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki and Dave McKinney

After a quiet couple of hours this Monday morning, there is another question from the jury.

Judge James Zagel has called attorneys into court to discuss. They’re on the Dirksen Building’s 25th floor now, waiting for the hearing to begin. More soon.

Jurors signaled last Thursday that they were having trouble reaching an agreement on most of the counts before them.

There was some expectation that we’d hear from jurors this morning given their notes last week. Parties in the case were gathered outside the courtroom this morning even before knowing about a question.

Today is day 13 of the jury’s deliberations.

Blagojevich jury impasse; An ominous sign for prosecutors?

By

Natasha Korecki

on August 13, 2010 8:04 AM

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Jurors deciding Rod Blagojevich’s fate gave an ominous sign to the prosecution Thursday, revealing that after 12 days of talks they were at a stalemate with most of the 24 explosive counts leveled against the former governor.

The jury’s struggles don’t square with the open-and-shut case prosecutors first presented 19 months ago when they arrested the sitting governor in his home and accused him of presiding over a “political crime spree” laid out in secret FBI wiretaps.

Read today’s story: Click here

Are you smarter than Rod Blagojevich?

By

Natasha Korecki

on August 13, 2010 7:56 AM

Rod Blagojevich played trivia with reporters while waiting on word from his federal jury Thursday, which indicated it had only agreed on two of 24 counts against him.

Turns out the former governor is pretty good at trivia.

His strengths? Sports and history.

Read today’s story: Click here

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