Blagojevich Second Time Around May Not …. Be Until Jan 4?


Prosecutors just yesterday offered Rob Blagojevich a separate trial

By

Natasha Korecki

on August 26, 2010 4:15 PM


Today prosecutors announced they would drop all charges against Robert Blagojevich.

But just yesterday, they had a different proposal.

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Robert Blagojevich on dropped case: “It’s just a joyous moment.”

By

Natasha Korecki

on August 26, 2010 12:36 PM

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In an interview just minutes after learning federal prosecutors had dropped the case against him, Robert Blagojevich said his wife cried at the news.

“It’s stunning,” Robert Blagojevich said after receiving a text message and cell phone call from his lawyer, Michael Ettinger, informing him he was “free.”

“The government did the right thing,” Robert said. “They did the right thing.”

He said he and his wife, Julie, have called friends and they plan to go out for a steak dinner tonight.

Robert Blagojevich also said he plans to give his attorneys a “winners’ bonus” for their work.

“They deserve it,” he said.

For more, read the full story on charges being dropped against Robert: Click here

Jon Stewart to Blagojevich on Daily Show: “I’d like to see you as a victim — but you make it so hard.”

By

Natasha Korecki

on August 23, 2010 10:26 PM


The Rod Blagojevich media tour 2010 stopped at the Daily Show this evening and funnyman Jon Stewart goes hard at Blagojevich’s tough talk on TV.

Stewart tells Blagojevich he’d like to see him as a Dickens’ character. But …

“I’d like to see you as a victim — but you make it so hard,” Stewart says, dramatically lowering his head.

Blagojevich maintained that prosecutors lodged the loftiest of charges against him and still couldn’t convict him of corruption.
“They threw everything at me but the kitchen sink … everyone thought I was a scumbag around the world, right?” Blagojevich said. “That’s what I’m up against.”

Stewart played back a tape of Blagojevich from a year ago when he then tried to explain his words on tape: “I’ve got this thing and it’s f—ing golden.” In 2009, Blagojevich explains that in the next few words that prosecutors didn’t reveal at the time, he talks about health care for Illinois. But the now-released tape shows Blagojevich actually discussed
parachuting himself into the Senate seat spot and calling President Obama a “demigod.”

“The reality of what you said is very different,” Stewart says.

Blagojevich hems and haws as he tries to explain: “Listen to the whole tape.”

Stewart cuts him off: “Is this why you didn’t take the stand?” the audience laughs.

Stewart then continued to grill Blagojevich for promising to take the stand but failing to do so at his trial.

“Do you promise to take the stand the next time you’re indicted?” Stewart asks to many laughs.

Blagojevich case: Retrial maybe not until next year. And if ex-gov wants public money, he’ll be down to two lawyers

By

Natasha Korecki

on August 23, 2010 5:07 PM


If Rod Blagojevich wants to tap public money for the defense costs in his next trial, he’ll be limited to two lawyers.

Meanwhile, at least one defense lawyer in the case says he won’t be prepared for retrial until next year.

Rod Blagojevich had five lawyers who questioned witnesses for the last go-around, plus two more attorneys who acted as support throughout the case.

In a retrial though, he’ll only be able to have two if he wants public money, according to rules set out by the Criminal Justice Act. That act sets out the criteria for a defendant to tap public resources.

Former Federal Defender Terence F. MacCarthy said that U.S. District Judge James Zagel is bound by that act. It allows for one lawyer except in complicated cases or in death penalty cases.

“You can only have two lawyers in the courtroom,” MacCarthy said. “There’s a little wiggle room. If you’ve got someone doing a research project, you can wiggle room it in. But you cannot pay them for sitting in the courtroom.”

Sources have said that both Sam Adam Jr. and his father no longer want to be on the case. Their defense team has tapped the $2.8 million campaign fund that was paid out at $110 an hour for the last trial.

While prosecutors have publicly said they want to retry the case as quickly as possible (Prosecutor Reid Schar even suggested “tomorrow” last week), Michael Ettinger, attorney for Robert Blagojevich, said he has schedule conflicts that would keep him from redoing the case this year.

“I’m out until next year,” Ettinger said today.

Blagojevich juror: Robert Blagojevich shouldn’t be tried again

By

Natasha Korecki

on August 18, 2010 2:54 PM


BY MARK J. KONKOL AND NATASHA KORECKI Staff Reporters

Jurors in the trial of former governor Rod Blagojevich overwhelmingly wanted to send his brother home a free man — voting nine to three in favor of acquittal, one member of the jury said today. But the former governor “was lucky” that he wasn’t convicted on more counts, the juror said.

That juror, John Grover of Joliet, said in an interview this afternoon that prosecutors shouldn’t put the Robert Blagojevich through another trial.

“I sat there for days and days and days and days and never heard his name mentioned,” the disabled vet said.

Read today’s story: Click here

Blagojevich jurors complaining to judge about media contact

By

Natasha Korecki

on August 18, 2010 2:26 PM


The Clerk of court has just sent out this release, on behalf of U.S. District Judge James Zagel.

“It has come to the Court’s attention that certain jurors in the Blagojevich trial are calling and complaining about numerous phone calls from the media asking for interviews and visiting their homes. The United States Marshal has advised the jurors to call 911 to report the incidents.

Please keep in mind that some of these jurors simply do not wish to talk, and if they have not agreed to talk with you, we ask that you respect their privacy.”

For previous updates click Blagojevich Verdict In – Guilty On 1 Count Out Of 24 (Lying To FBI)

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