Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Niewoehner began his closing argument by citing the famous "f-ing golden" line from the secretly taped phone calls. Judge James Zagel told attorneys on Friday that they could play excerpts of wiretaps.
Jurors are due back in court at 9:30 a.m. Here's the batting order for closing arguments:
Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Niewoehner: 2-and-a-half to 3 hour closing (though this is a rough estimate)
I've been wanting to do this for a long time. Today, I get my chance! Hudzik and Wildeboer returned in a sprint to the City Room this afternoon. They were armed with information (and tape) they received from the Dirksen Federal Court building covering the Blagojevich corruption trial.
Rod Blagojevich hasn't exactly hidden out since his arrest on December 9, 2008. He's been all over the media: visiting national shows, and hosting his own local one. But today we could hear a more detailed description of his defense when the ex-governor takes the stand.
When the Republican nominee for Illinois governor, state Senator Bill Brady, gave in to pressure and unveiled his tax returns, he got attacked for owing nothing to the state or federal government in 2008, and nothing to the feds in 2009. Similar criticism hit the Democratic nominee for U.S.
Within an hour or so of President Barack Obama's nomination of his solicitor general, Elena Kagan, to the U.S. Supreme Court, Alexi Giannoulias declared his support. In a May 5th press conference, the Illinois treasurer and Democratic candidate for U.S.
Four weeks ago today, ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial began. A week later, the first of the phone conversations secretly recorded by the FBI were played. We've only played a small fraction of the tapes on air, so I wanted to post a few of the highlights right here.