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Blagojevich Retrial

Prosecutors: Blago's Convictions Should Stand

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich received a fair retrial and his convictions for corruption including trying to sell President Barack Obama's Senate se...

Blagojevich Retrial: Reasonable Doubt

Lonna Saunders | Posted 08.14.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

I'm still scratching my head over the retrial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich now that it's over as we all await the jury's verdict on some 20 counts.

Blagojevich Defense To Call Last Witnesses

AP | KAREN HAWKINS and MICHAEL TARM | Posted 08.08.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal prosecutor began making final arguments Wednesday at the corruption retrial of Rod Blagojevich, telling jurors that the oust...

Blagojevich Takes The Stand For 7th Day At Retrial

AP | MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 08.07.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Twice-elected Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich ended the most important campaign of his life Tuesday, stepping down from the witness stan...

Blagojevich Faces More Questions From Prosecutor

AP | MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 08.06.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A prosecutor at Rod Blagojevich's corruption retrial sought to methodically discredit the ousted Illinois governor on the witness stan...

Blagojevich Returns To The Stand For Third Day Of Testimony

AP | MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 07.31.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Addressing the most explosive charge against him, ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich told jurors Tuesday that he never sought to sel...

Blagojevich Takes The Stand In His Own Defense: 'I'm Here Today To Tell You The Truth'

AP | MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 07.26.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — An unmuzzled Rod Blagojevich launched the campaign of his life Thursday, taking the witness stand at his corruption trial in an attemp...

Blagojevich Lawyers Get Day Off Before Mounting Defense

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 07.24.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — In deciding whether to call Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel or other big names to testify, attorneys for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich have t...

Senate Seat Talk Almost Done In Blagojevich Trial

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 07.16.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Testimony about allegations that Rod Blagojevich sought to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat is nearly d...

Blagojevich Lawyers Gripe About Prosecution's Objections

AP | Posted 07.11.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal judge in Chicago has denied Rod Blagojevich's request for a mistrial in the ousted Illinois governor's political corruption ...

'F***ing Golden': Blago Jury Hears Infamous Quote In Court

AP | MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 07.10.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Prosecutors at Rod Blagojevich's corruption retrial circled back Tuesday to a golden place they'd been before – playing the most...

Blagojevich Defense To Government's Star Witness

AP | MICHAEL TARM and DON BABWIN | Posted 07.09.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Jurors in Rod Blagojevich's retrial heard a union leader testify Monday that the former governor said he wanted a cabinet post during ...

Blagojevich Prosecutors Keep Focus On Obama's Senate Seat

AP | MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 07.05.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Jurors at Rod Blagojevich's corruption retrial heard him complaining on tape about his money woes Thursday as prosecutors hammered awa...

Blagojevich's Former Chief Of Staff Expected To Testify About Obama's Senate Seat

AP | KAREN HAWKINS and MICHAEL TARM | Posted 07.04.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Two years into his second term, then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich was eager to ditch Illinois for a high-paying, high-powered job elsewhere, a...

Former Blagojevich Aide To Testify Early In Trial

AP | MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 07.03.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Prosecutors in the corruption retrial of Rod Blagojevich focused quickly Tuesday on the most serious and sensational allegation &ndash...

Opening Statements Set In Blagojevich Retrial

AP | MICHAEL TARM and DON BABWIN | Posted 07.02.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Attorneys on both sides of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption retrial tried to keep it simple Monday as they laid out t...

Blagojevich Judge Dismisses Potential Juror With Final 'Oprah' Show Tickets

AP | MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 06.28.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Nerves frayed at the retrial of impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday, as attorneys briefly butted heads over whether ra...

Remaining Jury Pool Not Sympathetic To Blagojevich

AP | MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 06.27.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Attorneys and the judge in the corruption retrial of impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich inched closer to seating a jury Wednesday...

Blagojevich Jury Selection Enters Final Stretch

AP | MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 06.26.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The judge in the retrial of impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich spent a third day questioning potential jurors Tuesday, including ...

Blagojevich Prosecutors Want 'Maddow' Clip Played During Retrial

Posted 06.25.2011 | Chicago

Earlier this month, Judge James Zagel warned former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich that his comments to the media can be used against him during hi...

Potential Blagojevich Juror Worried About Missing Final 'Oprah' Taping Because Of Trial

AP | By MICHAEL TARM | Posted 06.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- A painter, a video-store worker who likes to watch Judge Judy and a woman worried about not being able to use her Oprah tickets were among ...

Words Of Wisdom From Blago's First Jury

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 06.24.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Days into deliberations at former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's first corruption trial last August, a juror looked around the tense ...

Potential Jurors Already Think Blagojevich Is Guilty

AP | By MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 06.22.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- An uncharacteristically subdued Rod Blagojevich got a good look Thursday at the first big challenge facing the ousted Illinois governor at ...

Blagojevich Retrial To Begin With Jury Questions

AP | MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 06.20.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich's second corruption trial got under way Wednesday with little hoopla, as potential jurors quietly began filling out qu...

Blagojevich Retrial Begins Wednesday, Won't Be Repeat Of The First

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 06.19.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The same defendant. The same judge. The same courthouse. Even the same carefully coiffed hair. Rod Blagojevich's second corruption tr...