WBEZ | opening statements http://www.wbez.org/tags/opening-statements Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Prosecutors slash case against Gov. Blagojevich http://www.wbez.org/story/prosecutors-slash-case-against-gov-blagojevich-85979 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-02/AP05051105066- Seth Perlman.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Prosecutors have slashed much of their case against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, simplifying it down to one concept.&nbsp; Jurors from the first trial said the government's case was too confusing and prosecutors have apparently taken that to heart in a big way.<br> <br> Blagojevich's brother, Robert, was dropped from the case, as were a couple of charges against the governor.&nbsp; And in their opening statement Monday, prosecutors never mentioned Tony Rezko, a central figure in the Blagojevich saga until now.&nbsp; And they didn't say anything about Patti Blagojevich getting sham real estate fees from Rezko.&nbsp; They also omitted any mention of eye-glazing schemes like the so-called Pension Obligation Bond deal.<br> <br> Instead they focused on five instances in which they say Blagojevich wanted to use his power as governor to benefit himself and they say as soon as Blagojevich made a demand, that was the crime right there, the demand was the crime.&nbsp; That's something they failed to convince the first jury of.</p></p> Tue, 03 May 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/prosecutors-slash-case-against-gov-blagojevich-85979 Blagojevich round 2 http://www.wbez.org/story/blagojevich-round-2-85823 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-28/AP090114019236-blagojevich Jeff Roberson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Opening statements are scheduled to take place this Monday in the retrial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.&nbsp; It comes after attorneys spent more than a week on jury selection.<br> <br> There's a pool of about 40 jurors who will show up to court, but most of them will be sent right back home.&nbsp; That's because attorneys on both sides get to strike a few final jurors from the pool, no questions asked.&nbsp;</p><p>When 12 jurors and six alternates are seated, prosecutors will make their opening statement which is expected to last about an hour.&nbsp; Blagojevich's defense attorneys say they'll take an hour, as well.&nbsp; It's expected that the first witness will also take the stand Monday.&nbsp; That witness will likely be Daniel Cain, an FBI agent who will talk about the process agents used when they tapped the governor's phones at his office and home.</p></p> Mon, 02 May 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/blagojevich-round-2-85823