We begin a multi-part look at key turning points in the political career of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich:1980: Blagojevich meets Richard Nixon During the summer before law school, Blagojevich and a friend awake at 4:30am on their first
In an interview Friday afternoon, Congressman Bobby Rush told me he would not be "stampeded" into supporting state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias' campaign for the U.S. Senate. More from that interview in a bit, but first - the background.
The Blagojevich jury disappeared behind closed doors Wednesday after hearing this final instruction from Judge James Zagel: "You are impartial judges of the facts. Your sole interest is to determine whether the government has proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt."
Ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's attorney, Sam Adam, Jr. began his closing statement in the late morning. It followed a short hearing earlier, before the jury arrived, about what Adam could or could not say regarding witnesses not called in the trial.
Judge James Zagel began the day (before the jury arrived) by explaining, as he has several times during the trial, that he doesn't normally read news about this case. But he said while he was watching TV, "a little line" came up on the screen that read, "Defense counsel is threatened with jail."
This morning we expect to hear an impassioned speech from a lawyer for ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Sam Adam, Jr. was supposed to begin his closing argument on Monday afternoon. But things got a bit sidetracked when he butted heads with federal Judge James Zagel.
Even before the jury begins to deliberate, Robert Blagojevich has notched a victory. The prosecution announced this morning it was dropping one of the counts against Robert, a wire fraud charge relating to the U.S. Senate seat. But four counts remain.