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Potential Juror In Terrorism Trial Wants Out, Has Oprah Tickets

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 07.16.2011 | Chicago

Jury selection began Monday in the case against Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana, who is accused of helping a former boarding school friend serve as...

'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 Seeks Obama Interview Notes From FBI

AP | By MICHAEL TARM | Posted 06.04.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Rod Blagojevich asked a judge Monday to order the government to hand over notes of any FBI interviews with President Barack Obama about the...

Blagojevich's Second Trial Starts on "Spy Wednesday"

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.28.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

Cameras aren't allowed in federal courtrooms. Even though the U.S. Constitution does guarantee all defendants in criminal trials the right to a public trial. If only a handful can get in, is it really a public trial?

My 2010 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

My apologies to anyone tuning in who was expecting to see the 150th "Friday Talking Points" column, since it will be pre-empted for two weeks here. B...

Closing Arguments In Blagojevich Trial Begin Monday: Was He Just Talking?

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — As Rod Blagojevich's attorneys prepare to make their last pitch to jurors, their closing arguments may come down to this: The former I...

Blagojevich: Focus on Sentencing, Not a Retrial

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

Let's move forward, US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, and spend the public's limited tax dollars and limited resources on catching some other bad guys. You did what you said you would do.

WATCH: Blagojevich On 'Daily Show'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

NEW YORK (Associated Press) - Despite goading from "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich declined Monday night to pr...

Friday Talking Points [135] -- The Sky Is Falling!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The media, quite obviously, has lost any capacity it once may have had for self-examination, to say nothing of its sense of irony. Every so often, th...

Blagojevich Trial: Thank the Jury

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

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.

Blagojevich Defense Paints Ex-Gov As Clueless Victim

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Was Rod Blagojevich a crook? Or was he merely a bumbler, a goof – naive, trusting and played for a fool by cynical campaign fund...

Blagojevich Jury Goes Home Early For The Weekend

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Jurors at the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have ended their eighth day of deliberations early and gone hom...

Blagojevich Trial: Power of the Jury

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

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.

Blagojevich Trial: Jury To Begin Deliberations

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — As jurors retired to deliberate Wednesday in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, they entered a cocoon of pr...

Blago: The Lawyers Made Me Do It

Janan Hanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Janan Hanna

We're likely to hear a lot about the "advice of counsel" defense, but it is a red herring. Nothing in the federal wiretaps show that Blagojevich was using his aides and fundraisers to seek legal advice.

Blagojevich Defense Seeks To Rest Without Ex Governor Taking The Stand

AP | MIKE ROBINSON and MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Since the day federal agents arrested Rod Blagojevich, the ousted Illinois governor hasn't missed a chance to proclaim his innocence. ...

Bleeping Gold For Your Phone: Blagojevich Ringtones Offer The Best Of The Wiretaps

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While the jurors sitting through hours of testimony might disagree, the past few weeks of the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial have been pretty amusin...

Judges Increasingly Keep Jurors' Names Secret: Blago Judge Challenged

Janan Hanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Janan Hanna

There is a presumption of openness in court proceedings, including publicizing the names of jurors. But the presumption can be overcome if a judge makes a showing that the "jurors' safety would be jeopardized."

Blagojevich, Mr. First Amendment?

Janan Hanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Janan Hanna

Blagojevich has told reporters that people have "laid down their lives" to protect our constitutional right to speak freely. Evidently those rights don't extend to members of the fourth estate.

Blagojevich Publisher Phoenix Books Folds

The Chicago Tribune | Duaa Eldeib | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Not everything ex-governor Rod Blagojevich touches turns bleepin' golden. The publisher of his tell-all book "The Governor" closed last week....

Blagojevich Portrait: New Bill Says Taxpayers Shouldn't Pay The Tab

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD --- Taxpayers won't have to pay for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's portrait to hang alongside his predecessors in the Capitol if Gov. Pat Q...

Skilling v. United States: The Chicago Connection

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lonna Saunders

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.

Blagojevich Trial: "No Go" for Rezko?

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lonna Saunders

The scuttlebutt at the trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich, is that the prosecution has scratched his fundraiser, Tony Rezko, from its witness list.

Blagojevich Trial: Bradley Tusk Explains Blago's Attempt To Shakedown Rahm Emanuel

Huffington Post | Janan Hanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A prosecution witness painted a portrait of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich as someone who rarely went to the office, was oftentimes hard to reach and who...

Rod Blagojevich Trial: Judge Chides Ex-Governor But Won't Gag Him

AP | MIKE ROBINSON and MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich's trial judge accused the talkative former governor on Wednesday of making a "backhanded play for sympathy" in comment...