Tag: Blagojevich

Blago II, Coming Soon!

Jurors in the Rod Blagojevich trial were able to reach a verdict on only one count : lying to an FBI agent. A mistrial will be declared on the remaining 23 counts. Prosecutors immediately announced their intention to pursue the

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Blago Jury Deadlocked?

Pictured are Rod Blagojevich and one of his lawyers, Sheldon Sorosky, waiting for Judge Zagel to take the bench and reveal the latest communication from the jury. The jurors note only led to more confusion and speculation about how much

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Blago and Patti Arrive

Rod Blagojevich and his wife Patti made their first appearance at the courthouse since jury instructions July 28.  The are shown here as the arrive on the 25th floor and headed to the courtroom. AP story here.

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Blago Verdict Watch: Day 11

A few doodles to pass the time while waiting for a verdict. Update: The jury has a question! Andrew Cohen on The Verdict Watch

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Blago Update: No News

Day nine of Blagojevich jury deliberations and not so much as a note from the jurors since July 29th. The only news to report is that NBC’s Channel 5 has scored victories at Scrabble and 80’s Trivia. A good story

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Blagojevich Jury Begin Deliberations

The jury, still including the alternates, is instructed by Judge Zagel. On the right is one of the government’s evidence carts that will go into the jury room. Tribune story here .

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“More of a Show than a Closing Argument”

That is how Judge Zagel described the rambling, theatrical performance of Rod Blagojevich’s lead attorney, Sam Adam, Jr., as he tried to refute the government’s case against his client. Tomorrow, after instructions by the judge, the jury will begin deliberations. 

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High Drama at Blago Closings

After a long day of closing arguments by the government that started with Asst. US Attorney Chris Niewoehner citing the famous “I’ve got this thing and it’s F***n golden” quote, and where the only new news was that the Blagojevichs

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Blagojevich Suddenly Mute

After months of proclaiming his eagerness to take the witness stand and tell his side of the story to the jurors Rod Blagojevich was silent as one of his lawyers, Sheldon Sorosky,  stood up and told Judge Zagel “the defense

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US Loses Wheel at Blago Trial

As spectators lined up for the first day of testimony at the trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich, and attorneys made their way into the courtroom . . . . . . a wheel fell off of the United States

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