Rod Blagojevich Trial
June 27, 2011 by USA Post
Rod Blagojevich Trial, The jury considered the charges of corruption against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has reached a verdict in 18 of the 20 counts against him, the clerk of the court on Monday.
The jury is expected to return its verdict on Monday afternoon. The charges against Blagojevich include trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat in the hands of Barack Obama before he resigned to become president. Blagojevich has denied any intent to bribe.
Last August, after a two-month trial and 14 days of deliberations, the jury came to a standstill in 23 of the 24 counts he faced Blagojevich. He was found guilty of one count of lying to FBI investigators; the conviction could carry a prison sentence of five years.
The charge that Blagojevich tried to make the name considered for the success of Obama, among other allegations, led to his impeachment by the Illinois House of Representatives and his removal from office by the state Senate in 2009.
Ten of the charges against him in the current trial are fraud. The other 10 involve extortion and bribery. Most of the charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Blagojevich, 54, was taken into federal custody in December 2008, less than two years in his second term as governor. A federal grand jury indicted him in April 2009.
At the time of his arrest, prosecutors said court-authorized wiretaps caught Blagojevich offers seating for Obama in the Senate in exchange for personal benefits, including a job with a nonprofit organization or trade union organization, the positions of joints companies for campaign contributions wife, or a post in the Obama administration.
He expressed his frustration; prosecutors say that Obama’s transition authorities were “not willing to give me nothing but appreciation.”
“I have this thing and that is [expletive] of gold, and, uh, uh, I’m taking to [expletive] thing. I will not do it,” Blagojevich prosecutors quoted by the agency.
Blagojevich also considers himself appointed to the post, pondering whether it might be better to be accused as a senator instead of governor, and said he would contact the federal work will benefit you later, prosecutors said.
Apart from the charges of attempting to sell the Senate seat, prosecutors also accused Blagojevich of using his position for financial gain for himself, his family and his campaign in exchange for jobs, contracts and appointments to state boards his followers.
They accused Blagojevich of acelerating the plan in 2008 to accumulate funds before a new state ethics law that limited their ability to raise funds from individuals and companies doing business with the state.
Along with Blagojevich, prosecutors charged her brother, Robert Blagojevich, with one count of wire fraud, one count of racketeering conspiracy, one count of attempted extortion and one count of conspiracy for alleged bribery in connection with his brother in the Senate seats sold plan.
But a week after the jury became deadlocked on most charges against Rod Blagojevich and all charges against his brother; prosecutors dropped charges against Robert Blagojevich, but said they try the former governor.
Blagojevich’s defense argued that he only liked to talk and ended with nothing. Attorney Aaron Goldstein said, “The law is on the intention,” CNN reported WLS affiliates. Goldstein said the prosecution had not met its burden of proof.
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Cook County State Representative and Golden Gloves boxer has been in the public eye since his removal from office, appearing in a comedy show in Chicago, the release of an autobiography, and competing in the TV show “Celebrity Apprentice.”
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