Thank the jury in the Blagojevich brothers' trial for their service and 14 days of deliberations. Then, let them alone. Think of the Beatles' song "Let It Be." The jury has spoken.
In the Blagojevich brothers cases, over a hundred pages of jury instructions were read by Judge James Zagel to the jury right before deliberations began. That is a lot to absorb.
"If I get convicted of this, every politician in America should!" That's what former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich told me during a courthouse lunch break.
Even though the jury has yet to decide Blago's fate, he sure seems like a guy who deserves his own prison song. A Merle Haggard documentary inspired me to grab my guitar and a pad of paper.
In trying to get a handle on Blago's strange and sordid saga, I took inspiration from the songs of his idol, Elvis Presley.
After the government rested its case months ahead of schedule, it became apparent to anyone who was paying attention that what we have here is a perfectly premature prosecution.
I was talking with a friend of mine who happens to be a security guard, and he burst out laughing when I told him that printed tickets were required to attend Rod Blagojevich's trial.
Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool, a Democrat running as an independent for county assessor, will take on insider Joe Berrios in November.
Skilling could be out on bail pending the resolution of his legal woes. Rod Blagojevich, whose trial on corruption charges began June 3 in federal court in Chicago, may not be so lucky.
Brady has spent $600,000 in ads to introduce himself and another $400,000 to batter Quinn. Quinn's campaign allowed the ads to go unanswered. And you know what? Brady's poll numbers have tanked.
McChrystal may have reached a "success" plateau he couldn't exceed. Maybe deep down he realized that he simply couldn't win the war, so he wanted out.
There's no room for the public to watch former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's trial. With the high degree of public interest in this case, why are there only 32 seats available to the public?
There's no room for the public to watch former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's trial. But there could be.
No one can seriously doubt that we live in a time sadly memorialized by the dishonesty and hypocrisy of public officials. Is prosecuting them under an "honest services" statue effective?
The information in this case is overwhelming -- that is why I am shocked that Blagojevich is required to begin trial just a year and a half after his arrest.
Criminal trials are supposed to be about the facts and the law. The corruption trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich will be about neither.