WBEZ | Blagojevich retrial http://www.wbez.org/tags/blagojevich-retrial Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Prosecutors say Blagojevich not fulfilling bond terms http://www.wbez.org/story/prosecutors-say-blagojevich-not-fulfilling-bond-terms-89157 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-14/RS663_AP090129057205-blago-serious-Nam-Y.-Huh.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>Prosecutors want a judge to order Rod Blagojevich&nbsp;to appear in court to sign what they contend is overdue paperwork&nbsp;allowing the ousted governor to remain free while awaiting&nbsp;sentencing.&nbsp;</div><div><br> In a filing this week, government attorneys say Blagojevich&nbsp;hasn't met bond conditions Judge James Zagel set after jurors&nbsp;convicted him on 17 of 20 corruption counts last month.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Zagel told Blagojevich he must secure the bond that's permitted&nbsp;him to remain free since his 2008 arrest by posting his Chicago&nbsp;home and another property. If he flees, he'd lose them.&nbsp;</div><div><br> The filing says defense attorneys have turned over some but not&nbsp;all necessary documentation.&nbsp;</div><div><br> Prosecutors want Zagel to require Blagojevich to come to court&nbsp;Friday.</div><div><br> A message left for Blagojevich attorney Sheldon Sorosky wasn't&nbsp;immediately returned.</div></p> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 17:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/prosecutors-say-blagojevich-not-fulfilling-bond-terms-89157 The Blagojevich verdict is in so what's next for Illinois politics? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-28/blagojevich-verdict-so-whats-next-illinois-politics-88433 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-28/117534525.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich joined a notorious group Monday. He’s the fourth former governor to be convicted of crimes. Blagojevich was found guilty on 17 of the 20 counts against him. He’ll likely serve time when he is sentenced later this year.<br> <br> During two trials on corruption charges, Blagojevich and his lawyers made the case that his actions were not criminal but just business as usual in Illinois politics. So what does his trial and conviction mean for the state’s corrupt practices? <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> talked with expert jury consultant <a href="http://www.zmf.com/team_tuerkheimer.html" target="_blank">Alan Tuerkheimer</a> and WBEZ’s Criminal and Legal Affairs reporter <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/rob-wildeboer" target="_blank">Robert Wildeboer</a> about the jury and their comments about the process. Then, WBEZ and Chicago News Cooperative State Reporter <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/author/kristen-mcqueary/" target="_blank">Kristen McQueary</a> and historian <a href="http://journalism.missouri.edu/alumni/taylor-pensoneau-62.html" target="_blank">Taylor Pensoneau</a>, who specializes in the deeds and misdeeds of Illinois governors, spoke to<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em> about Blagojevich's legacy in Illinois politics.</p></p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 12:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-28/blagojevich-verdict-so-whats-next-illinois-politics-88433 Jurors field questions after convicting Blagojevich on 17 counts http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-27/jurors-field-questions-after-convicting-blagojevich-17-counts-88418 <p><p>Jurors who convicted Rod Blagojevich on 17 corruption charges on Monday said they did not buy the ex-Illinois governor's argument that his scheming was just talk.</p><p>Jurors said the charges that were were most clear cut had wire tapped phone calls as evidence.</p><p>Those calls show Blagojevich scheming to profit from his power to appoint a U-S senator, and jurors found him guilty on all 11 charges tied to that scheme.</p><p>The defense alleged it was all talk, but the jury saw action.</p><p>“There were several times where he said, you know, do it, push that, get that done,” said one juror. “I think that's where he crossed the line of just floating the idea and actually doing it.”</p><p>The jurors did not want to identify themselves, noting that the court will release their names on Tuesday.</p><p>They also refused to say how their votes were split on the two charges they could not reach a verdict on.</p><p>They said they'd made a pact not to do that.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Statement from the jury</strong></p><p>146 (Foreperson): As a jury we have felt privileged to be part of the process. We were thorough and detailed in examining the evidence for all 20 counts. We feel confident we have reached a fair and just verdict.</p><p><strong>How hard did you have to work on each of the counts?</strong></p><p>149: There were several times we had to vote and revote, listen to the tapes and relook at our notes in order to come to a happy medium to determine whether he was guilty or not guilty. The most difficult one we had was the tollway and the school counts. We didn’t feel there was enough evidence to go one way or the other, it was very difficult. &nbsp;We really had to dig deep and listen to the tapes and how they spoke to get the information out of the tapes.</p><p><strong>Organizing the counts</strong></p><p>146: We did [organize] mostly by putting them together, so school together, tollway together. It made looking at the evidence much easier.</p><p><strong>Reaction to Blagojevich testimony</strong></p><p>103: Because he was personable, it made it hard to separate that from what we had to do as jurors. We had to put aside the fact that we liked him or didn’t like him and just go by the evidence we were presented to us.</p><p><strong>Convicting on wire fraud counts</strong></p><p>103: evidence for that, just because there was tapes that we could listen to behind that, those counts were the easiest to go through. The ones where there were not tapes, the ones that just had witness testimony, those were a little tougher. Those were the ones we had to deliberate a little longer on. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>140: The senate seat was the most clear. We felt there was so much more evidence to go on – recording, the tapes that we listened to over and over again. We felt it was very clear that he was trying to make a trade for the senate seat in various aspects.</p><p><strong>Blagojevich testimony </strong></p><p>140: I honestly thought at times it was manipulative and I would have rather just heard the facts.</p><p>103: Showed he was human.</p><p><strong>Verdict changed without Blagojevich on stand</strong></p><p>136: I don’t think so, because we still had to look at the evidence.</p><p>103: His testimony did help a lot in some of the issues we were having with the tollway. His testimony made it so clear to us that what he was trying to do more than anything else with the tollway was get the capital bill through. &nbsp;I think if it were not for his testimony on that we would not have seen that as clearly.</p><p><strong>Without testimony, would have convicted on all counts?</strong></p><p>103: That’s hard to say.</p><p>140: I think we tried to look at all the evidence, not just his testimony, and many times put our personal feelings aside. And look at just what does the transcript say, what do the facts say.</p><p>103: And what do the jury instructions say as to what we’re supposed to look at for each count and what we’re supposed to consider for how do we find guilt versus non-guilt.</p><p><strong>Blagojevich cross first question, ‘convicted liar’</strong></p><p>103: That sacred us all to death. We were so nervous after that little segment of the trial. The trial up until then had not been very traumatic. As a juror going in, you don’t know what trial is like. You see trials on TV all the time and you think each and everyone is like Law and Order. And he came out and we were all just [taken aback].</p><p>140: We were all startled.</p><p><strong>Reaction to senate seat tape (‘f$#king golden’)</strong></p><p>179: There were a lot of calls that supported our verdict, it wasn’t just that alone. That tape was significant, that was the most memorable quote and not so much the only thing we made our decision on.</p><p><strong>Lisa Madigan to the senate</strong></p><p>149: He was being tried on attempting, not committing the crime. When you say you float an idea as opposed to asking someone to do it, that’s where you cross the line.</p><p><strong>Learning how politics work and whether the verdict will make a difference.</strong></p><p>146: I told my husband if he’s going to go into politics, he’s going to have to find a new wife. I think it sends a message. We know there’s a lot of bargaining that goes on behind scenes, in business and our everyday lives. But in this instance, when its someone representing the people, it crosses the line. And I think we sent a pretty clear message on it.</p><p><strong>On why the jury press conference. </strong></p><p>140: I think because we’re concerned about what will happen when we return to our normal lives. We have children who are concerned about the media coverage and we’re hoping that by doing this now that it will lessen what comes later.</p><p><strong>Profession</strong></p><p>146: I am retired. I was a director of music and liturgy at a church.</p><p><strong>The two no verdict counts</strong></p><p>146: I don’t think we found the evidence. We looked over everything we could, every witness, anything that would deal with that. And the evidence just wasn’t pointing to it. There was an overall scheme here and once you’re into that scheme you have to dissect those counts separately and I think we did a very good job dissecting that. Some people felt very strongly we had enough evidence and some felt we did not. We will not [disclose how the vote went]. We made a pact we were not going to do that.</p><p><strong>Particularly credible testimony.</strong></p><p>136: Bradley Tusk. We felt he had nothing to lose, he had nothing to gain or lose with his testimony.</p><p><strong>Testimony which was not credible</strong></p><p>149: Lon Monk, because he had lied to so many people. He had lied to Rod even prior to this. He was taking bribes and he was prosecuted. We really evaluated how we took what he really said.</p><p>103: With the school, it came down to Rod’s testimony or Tusk’s. And people were for or against him so that was a very difficult vote.</p><p><strong>First trial in jury discussion.</strong></p><p>103: that’s why we’re here. Because we don’t know anything about it. I never saw it, I really never heard what happened.</p><p><strong>Reaction to excessive objection</strong></p><p>103: As a juror it just made it harder to follow. There would be one thought and then an objection, so scratch that and on to the next one. With that many objections in any specific testimony, you’re let with one sentence at the end of the day.</p><p><strong>Judge bias in&nbsp; favor of government</strong></p><p>103: Some lawyers many not know how to act in a federal courtroom, so that’s what I chalked it up to. Whether that’s the case or not, I don’t know.</p><p><strong>Putting Blagojevich in prison</strong></p><p>140: it was very difficult. We know he’s human, he has a family. It was very difficult. Here’s all the evidence and I would come in thinking, OK he’s not guilty. And then gosh darn, Rod, you did it again. He proved beyond a reasonable doubt that we was guilty. And I tried to find anything I could to find him not guilty but the evidence was there.</p><p><strong>Closing argument</strong></p><p>140: [The government] presentation was really helpful. We wished we had that PowerPoint to bring back with us, because it was so clearly well organized and help us organize our thoughts. I think both sides did a good job trying to follow it.</p><p><strong>Wire fraud clarification</strong></p><p>146: I think it was one of those things we were looking at the meaning of the words in &nbsp;that situation, as they came back and we went through our jury instruction again it became pretty clear to us.</p><p><strong>Making the senate seat debate illegal</strong></p><p>140: When you make the ask, you push them, as a state official, the evidence is there.&nbsp; We all came in with all open minds. The toll way and the school were very difficult.</p><p>179: There were just several instances and several calls where he asked for different positions for the senate seat and different deals for it. So many times he brought it up to people who could do something about it. It wasn’t just one thing it was so many different times.</p><p><strong>Final thoughts</strong></p><p>146: These 12 people together were an amazing group of people. I think the United States would be proud of their system. They so wanted to keep innocence until proven guilty and they worked very hard to make sure every single detail was looked at to be fair and honest.</p><p><em>--Edited by Meghan Power</em></p></p> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 23:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-27/jurors-field-questions-after-convicting-blagojevich-17-counts-88418 Politicians react to Blagojevich verdict http://www.wbez.org/story/politicians-react-blagojevich-verdict-88411 <p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Pat Brady:</strong></p><p><strong>Illinois Republican Party Chairman</strong></p><p>“I'm glad that the verdict is finally in on Rod Blagojevich. However this closes only one chapter of Democrat corruption in Illinois. Illinois Democratic politicians who now try everything they can to hide their past support of Rod Blagojevich should look themselves in the mirror and remind themselves that little has changed since the day Blagojevich was arrested.</p><p>“Our current governor (Pat Quinn) has appointed lame duck legislators to high paid positions after they changed their views and voted for late night tax hikes. The Speaker of the Illinois House (and state Democratic Party Chairman Mike Madigan) is partner in a law firm that has reaped millions in appealing tax assessments in a relationship that even Forrest Claypool (now a member of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Administration) said ‘has caused our taxes to go up and the level of faith in government to go down.’”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>John Cullerton:</strong></p><p><strong>Statement from Illinois Senate President John Cullerton:</strong></p><p>"Once again, the former governor's pattern of dishonesty has been confirmed. I thank the jury for its public service. Just as it was sad but necessary for the Senate to remove him from office, today is another sad event for Illinois. I would hope that this verdict would further allow us as a state to move on and ahead."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>David Morrison: </strong></p><p><strong>Deputy Director, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform </strong></p><p>“The jury today has ratified the sense of millions of Illinoisans, that Rod Blagojevich was a pox on Illinois' political system. His conviction also serves as a warning that no one is above the law and that anyone today thinking of abusing the public trust for their private benefit should consider the very real consequences. The jury today made clear that criminal acts are not "just politics." Blagojevich, and many of his advisors and staff, are facing serious prison time, financial penalties, and separation from their families and friends.</p><p>“Illinois has taken great strides to ensure that the next scandal will not follow the&nbsp;Blagojevich blueprint. Today's laws make it much harder to commit yesterday's actions. But preventing tomorrow's scandals require more vigilance. Voters must accountability from candidates. Officeholders must stand ready to call out their wavering colleagues. Staffers must understand the risks they take when they follow criminal orders. Reform is possible, one step at a time, and Illinois has a long road ahead.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Dan Rutherford: </strong></p><p><strong>Illinois State Treasurer</strong></p><p>“The guilty verdict against former Governor Rod Blagojevich closes a long, embarrassing chapter for the citizens of Illinois. He deserves everything he’s going to get.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Judy Baar Topinka:</strong></p><p><strong>Illinois Comptroller </strong></p><p>"I am heartened by the Jury's verdict against Rod Blagojevich, and pleased to see justice after many months of waiting. But make no mistake: this is nothing to celebrate. Through his unconscionable behavior and reckless leadership, Blagojevich inflicted damage on Illinois that will take years, if not generations, to repair. He broke the public trust and mismanaged dollars with a zeal that was unique even in our storied state.</p><p>"I find his behavior reprehensible and am personally pleased to see him held responsible. But more important, I hope that today's verdict delivers a reminder that elected leaders serve the public, not the other way around - and they will be held accountable, even if it takes a while.</p><p>“While I look forward to turning the page on Blagojevich, I hope that the lessons learned from his prosecution live on. Ironically, it would prove to be his greatest contribution to our state."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Adam Kinzinger:</strong></p><p><strong>Republican U.S. Representative</strong></p><p>“Rod Blagojevich never seemed to understand the difference between serving the public and serving his personal self interests. The evidence presented and verdict confirms that he was found guilty of seventeen of the twenty counts including wire fraud, attempted extortion and attempting to sell President Obama's old Senate seat, but far worse, he abused and shattered public trust. The shame and national embarrassment Blagojevich cast onto our state has only created further financial bearing.&nbsp;</p><p>"I applaud the U.S. Attorney’s office for their hard work, dedication and effort to see to it that justice has somewhat been served.&nbsp; Unfortunately, Blagojevich's verdict and punishment will not restore statewide, much less nationwide certainty in Illinois.&nbsp; We must now move beyond Rod Blagojevich and turn our focus toward working together to rebuild Illinois.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Jeff Schoenberg:</strong></p><p><strong>Senator, 9th District, Assistant Majority Leader</strong></p><p>"With this guilty verdict, Illinois has now been shamed once again as its second consecutive chief executive has failed its citizens in the most fundamental way possible. We must all redouble our efforts to restore confidence and integrity to Illinois government."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Dick Durbin:</strong></p><p><strong>Democratic U.S. Senator </strong></p><p>“I hope today’s verdict finally draws this sad and sordid chapter in Illinois history to a close.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Bill Brady:</strong></p><p><strong>State Senator, Bloomington</strong></p><p>“I believe our state will grow stronger as a result of the conviction of Rod Blagojevich today.&nbsp; Rod Blagojevich abused the office of Governor and made every attempt to capitalize on his public office for personal and political benefit.</p><p>“His overwhelming conviction today should serve as yet another reminder that public officials are in office to serve the public and not their own personal interests and ambitions.&nbsp; We have made some progress in ending pay-to-play politics in Illinois, but the decision today underscores the need for us in government to continue our work to earn the trust and confidence of our citizens.”</p></p> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 21:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/politicians-react-blagojevich-verdict-88411 Jury finds Blagojevich guilty on 17 of 20 counts http://www.wbez.org/story/jury-finds-blagojevich-guilty-17-20-counts-88338 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-27/600-full-blagospan2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" height="286" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-27/600-blagospan2.jpg" title="Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media at the Federal Courthouse on Monday. (AP)" width="600"></p><p>The jury found Rod Blagojevich guilty on 17 of the 20 counts in his corruption retrial.</p><p>Blagojevich was found guilty on all 11 of the counts pertaining to the attempted "sale" of President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat in 2008. The jury returned no verdicts on two counts pertaining to attempted extortion. Blagojevich was found not guilty on one count of solicitation of a bribe pertaining to his tollway plan.</p><p> <style type="text/css"> div .inline { width: 285px; float: left; margin-right: 19px; margin-left: 3px; clear: left; } div .inlineContent { border-top: 1px dotted #aa211d; border-top-width: 1px; border-top-style: dotted; border-top-color: #aa211d; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-top: 2px; } ul { margin-left: 15px; } li { font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1em; background-repeat: no-repeat; background-repeat-x: no-repeat; background-repeat-y: no-repeat; background-position: 0 5px; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 5px; padding-left: 3px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; }</style> </p><div class="inline"><div class="inlineContent"><h3><strong>Multimedia</strong></h3><p><strong>Timeline</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.dipity.com/ElliottRamos/The-trials-and-tribulations-of-Rod-Blagojevich/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-27/timelinepromo.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px;" title=""></a></p><p><strong>Audio: The jury answers questions</strong></p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/Juror%20Q&amp;A%20Audio.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-109998" player="null">Juror Q&amp;A Audio.mp3</span></p><h3><strong>The Charges and reaction</strong></h3><ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004">Breaking down the charges facing Blagojevich</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/politicians-react-blagojevich-verdict-88411">Politicians react to Blagojevich verdict</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-27/jurors-field-questions-after-convicting-blagojevich-17-counts-88418">Jurors field questions after convicting Blagojevich</a></strong></li></ul><table align="left" border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 280px;"><tbody><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Charge</strong></td><td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Subject</strong></td><td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Guilty</strong></td><td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Not Guilty</strong></td><td style="text-align: center;"><strong>No Verdict</strong></td></tr><tr><td>1.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count1">Wire fraud</a></td><td>Children's Memorial</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">X</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>2.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count2">Wire fraud</a></td><td>Senate Seat</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">X</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>3.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count3">Wire fraud</a></td><td>Senate Seat</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">X</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>4.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count4">Wire fraud</a></td><td>Senate Seat</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">X</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>5.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count5">Wire fraud</a></td><td>Senate Seat</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">X</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>6.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count6">Wire fraud</a></td><td>Senate Seat</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">X</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>7.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count7">Wire fraud</a></td><td>Senate Seat</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">X</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>8.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count8">Wire fraud</a></td><td>Senate Seat</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">X</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>9.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count9">Wire fraud</a></td><td>Racetrack</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">X</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>10.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count10">Wire fraud</a></td><td>Senate Seat</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">X</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>11.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count11">Attempted Extortion</a></td><td>School</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(0, 153, 255);">X</td></tr><tr><td>12.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count12">Attempted Extortion</a></td><td>Children's Memorial</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">X</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>13.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count13">Solicitation of a bribe</a></td><td>Children's Memorial</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">X</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>14.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count14">Extortion conspiracy</a></td><td>Racetrack bill</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">X</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>15.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count15">Conspiracy to solicit a bribe</a></td><td>Racetrack bill</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">X</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>16.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count16">Attempted Extortion</a></td><td>Tollway plan</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(0, 153, 255);">X</td></tr><tr><td>17.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count17">Solicitation of bribe</a></td><td>Tollway plan</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(51, 204, 102);">X</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>18.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count18">Extortion conspiracy</a></td><td>Senate seat</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">X</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>19.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count19">Attempted extortion</a></td><td>Senate seat</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">X</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>20.</td><td><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004#Count20">Conspiracy to solicit a bribe</a></td><td>Senate seat</td><td style="text-align: center; background-color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">X</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><p>U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald calls Blagojevich's conviction "a bittersweet moment." The top federal prosecutor in Chicago says it is sad to again be dealing with a verdict against a former Illinois governor – just five years after Gov. George Ryan was convicted on corruption charges.</p><p>Blagojevich arrived at his Chicago home Monday afternoon after a jury found him guilty of 17 of 20 charges in his corruption trial. He told reporters that people might think he "let them down." Blagojevich says he didn't do that and he "fought real hard" for the people.</p><p>Judge James Zagel told Blagojevich that he can't travel outside northern Illinois without permission.</p><p>Jurors who convicted Blagojevich on 17 corruption charges said they did not buy the ex-Illinois governor's argument that his scheming was just talk.</p><p>Jurors said the charges that were were most clear cut had wire tapped phone calls as evidence.</p><p>“There were several times where he said, you know, do it, push that, get that done,” said one juror. “I think that's where he crossed the line of just floating the idea and actually doing it.”</p><p>In his corruption retrial, Blagojevich was charged with an array of counts, including wire fraud, attempted extortion, extortion conspiracy and conspiracy to solicit a bribe. But for every count federal prosecutors told jurors that they had to answer just one question: Did Blagojevich try to get a benefit for himself in exchange for an official act?&nbsp; If the answer is yes, then prosecutors said jurors should convict.</p><p>Prosecutors presented three weeks of evidence playing tapes and presenting witnesses to show that Blagojevich was holding up legislation until the potential beneficiaries of that legislation gave campaign contributions.&nbsp; Many of the tapes played focus on the marquee allegation that Blagojevich tried to sell the U.S. senate seat vacated by Barack Obama when he won the presidency in 2008.&nbsp; Jurors heard lots of tapes in which Blagojevich is devising ways to get appointed to Obama’s cabinet, or get a high paying job in return for appointing Obama’s preferred candidate, his friend Valerie Jarrett, to the senate.</p><p>Prosecutors painted a picture of Blagojevich as a desperate and selfish man who was jealous of Obama’s political rise. Jurors heard one tape in which Blagojevich complains to his advisors about his lot in life.&nbsp; “I gotta tell ya, I don't wanna be governor for the next two years. I wanna get going. I'll, I, this has been two shitty fucking years where I'm doing the best I can trying to get through a brick wall and find ways around stuff, but it's like just screwing my family and time is passing me by and I'm stuck, it's no good. It's no good. I gotta get moving. The whole world's passing me by and I'm stuck in this fucking job as governor now. Everybody's passing me by and I'm stuck.”</p><p>In that same call Blagojevich curses Obama because the president-elect doesn’t seem to be offering Blagojevich much in exchange for getting Jarrett appointed to the senate.&nbsp; “I mean you guys are telling me I just gotta suck it up for two years and do nothing. Give this mother fucker, his senator. Fuck him. For nothing? &nbsp;Fuck him!”</p><p>But Blagojevich got a chance to redeem himself in the eyes of jurors when he testified.&nbsp; He spent seven days on the stand talking about his childhood and his rise to power.&nbsp; He was charming and funny.&nbsp; He also provided some reasonable counter explanations for some of the conversations he had on the recorded phone calls. But he had trouble explaining some of the tapes, including a secretly recorded call on November 7, 2008 in which Blagojevich is talking about appointing Jarrett to the senate and getting a position in Obama’s cabinet.&nbsp; He tells an advisor he wants to be the secretary of Health and Human Services.&nbsp; "And if I'd get that, and, and, and if, if that was somethin' available to me and maybe it's really unrealistic, but if that was available to me I could do Valerie Jarrett in a heartbeat."</p><p>Blagojevich simply insisted to jurors that he was not trying to trade one for the other.&nbsp; He says they were not connected.&nbsp; However, Blagojevich talked to Tom Balanoff about the senate appointment. Balanoff was a union official who was carrying messages between the Obama and Blagojevich camps.&nbsp; Blagojevich admitted that he discussed both appointing Jarrett to the senate and his own desire to be appointed secretary of Health and Human Services in the same conversation.</p><p>Blagojevich’s testimony as well as appearances by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and former Congressman Bill Lipinski kept the retrial interesting.</p><p>Emanuel’s four minutes on the stand had little impact, but Jackson, who was called by the defense, actually gave testimony that helped the prosecution.&nbsp; He said that Blagojevich had asked him for a $25,000 campaign contribution. Later, Jackson’s wife applied for a job with the state but didn’t get it.&nbsp; At a subsequent meeting in Washington D.C., Jackson says Blagojevich referred to the job and then said, “You should have given me that $25,000.”</p><p>Defense attorneys later called Lipinski to rebut the testimony of their own witness, Jackson.&nbsp; Lipinski testified that he never asked Jackson to donate $25,000 to Blagojevich.&nbsp; But under cross examination, prosecutors presented Lipinski with records of fundraising he had done for Blagojevich and Lipinski. He admitted that he had forgotten about a lot of the fundraising he did for Blagojevich, fundraising that is proven by state records.</p><p>Prosecutors presented a simplified version of their case this time around.&nbsp; They dropped several of the more complex charges against Blagojevich and they decided not to retry Blagojevich’s brother Robert.&nbsp; Jurors in the first trial said they found the case confusing and they failed to return verdicts on 23 of the 24 counts.&nbsp; However, they did convict Blagojevich of lying to the FBI.&nbsp; In an interview the former governor said he didn’t track who gave him campaign contributions, but several employees of his campaign fund testified convincingly that Blagojevich knew the details of his fundraising better than anyone.&nbsp; That charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prisons.</p><p><em>-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.</em></p></p> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/jury-finds-blagojevich-guilty-17-20-counts-88338 Before verdict, breaking down the charges facing Blagojevich http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-October/2010-10-27/AP070418059617 Seth Perlman.jpg" alt="" /><p><div class="dipity_embed" style="width: 600px; text-align: center;"><iframe src="http://www.dipity.com/ElliottRamos/The-trials-and-tribulations-of-Rod-Blagojevich/?mode=embed&amp;z=0#tl" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204);" width="600" height="400"></iframe></div><p>Everyone knows that Rod Blagojevich has been on trial, that he’s charged with committing crimes, but who actually understands the charges?&nbsp;</p><p>Well, here’s a breakdown.</p><p>To understand any of the particular charges, prosecutors say you have to answer only one question:</p><p>“Did the defendant try to get a benefit for himself in exchange for an official act?”</p><p>Before we get to the actual charges let’s take a brief look at the evidence.&nbsp; Prosecutors say there are five basic schemes.&nbsp; Each of the charges is related to one of these schemes.&nbsp;</p><p>This probably goes without saying, but let it not go unsaid, everything following is the prosecutor’s version of events.&nbsp; Blagojevich denies the charges.<!--break--></p><p><strong>THE SCHEMES</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-26/AP110526118820.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 280px; height: 221px; float: left;" title="(File/AP)"></p><p><strong>1 – The Senate Seat Shakedown</strong> – Blagojevich tried to use his power to appoint a successor to the senate seat Barack Obama vacated when he won the presidency.&nbsp;</p><p>Among the benefits he sought:</p><p>a) An appointment to Obama’s cabinet in exchange for appointing Obama friend and advisor Valerie Jarrett senator</p><p>b) The establishment of a non-profit that would pay him a fat salary in exchange for appointing Jarrett</p><p>c) $1.5 million in contributions from supporters of Jesse Jackson Jr. in exchange for appointing Jackson.</p><p>Blagojevich was arrested before he made any appointments.&nbsp; He eventually appointed Roland Burris.</p><p>&nbsp;– Blagojevich delayed signing a bill that would benefit the horseracing industry in Illinois because he wanted a $100,000 campaign contribution from a racetrack owner first.&nbsp; The contribution was never given.</p><p><strong>3 – Tollway Shakedown</strong> – Blagojevich wanted hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the road building industry before he would sign a $6 billion tollway plan that would have benefited that industry.&nbsp; The campaign contributions were never given.</p><p><strong>4 – Children’s Memorial Shakedown</strong> – Blagojevich held up a rate increase that would have benefited the hospital to the tune of $8 million because the CEO of the hospital wasn’t willing to hold a fundraiser for $25,000.&nbsp; The fundraiser never happened.</p><p><strong>5 – School Shakedown</strong> – Blagojevich was holding up a $2 million grant for a school in Congressman Rahm Emanuel’s district until Rahm’s brother agreed to hold a Blagojevich fundraiser.&nbsp; The fundraiser never happened.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>THE CHARGES</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-26/AP110502161232.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 280px; float: left; height: 184px;" title="(File/AP)"></p><p>The first 10 charges are wire fraud charges.&nbsp; That means simply that the governor made a phone call to further one of the illegal schemes listed above.&nbsp; You’ll notice that most of the calls are about the senate seat.&nbsp; That’s not terribly surprising as that was the big thing Blagojevich was thinking about when prosecutors started recording his calls in the fall of 2008 when Obama’s election to the presidency seemed more and more certain.</p><p><strong><a name="Count1"></a>Count 1 – Wire Fraud – Children’s Memorial Scheme</strong> – Blagojevich called the CEO of Children’s Memorial hospital to share good news: Blagojevich was approving a rate increase that would net the hospital $8 – 10 million.&nbsp; The good news was followed a few days later by a request to hold a fundraiser.&nbsp; The call was not recorded, but the CEO testified.</p><p><strong><a name="Count2"></a>Count 2 – Wire Fraud – The Senate Seat Scheme</strong> – This is a call Blagojevich had on November 7, 2008 with a couple of his advisors.&nbsp; Blagojevich recounts a meeting he had with Tom Balanoff.&nbsp; Balanoff was delivering a message to Blagojevich on behalf of President-elect Obama suggesting Valerie Jarrett for the Senate.&nbsp; Blagojevich tells his advisors that he told Balanoff that he wanted to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services in Obama’s cabinet.&nbsp; Here’s the kicker:</p><blockquote><p><em>"And if I'd get that, and, and, and if, if that was somethin' available to me and maybe it's really unrealistic, but if that was available to me I could do Valerie Jarrett in a heartbeat."</em></p></blockquote><p>Despite this comment and others like it Blagojevich insisted to jurors that he was never going to trade one appointment for the other.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483523-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Count 2.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong><a name="Count3"></a>Count 3 – Wire Fraud – The Senate Seat Scheme</strong> – This is a call Blagojevich had with several of his advisors and his wife on November 10, 2008.&nbsp; The backdrop is that Obama wants Blagojevich to name his advisor Valerie Jarrett to the senate.&nbsp; Blagojevich and his advisors are discussing what Obama can do for Blagojevich in return.&nbsp; One advisor, Bill Knapp, asks, “What can Obama do that, at the end of two years makes you better able to earn a living?”&nbsp; Blagojevich seemingly comes unhinged and then unleashes this kicker as he talks about Obama’s unwillingness to make a trade of some sort:</p><blockquote><p><em>“I mean you guys are telling me I just gotta suck it up for two years and do nothing. Give this mother fucker, his senator. Fuck him. For nothing? Fuck him!”</em></p></blockquote><p>Here’s an extra kicker from this phone calL - Blagojevich "unhinged", if you will:</p><p>“<em>I gotta tell ya, I don't wanna be governor for the next two years. I wanna get going.&nbsp; I'll, I, this has been two shitty fucking years where I'm doing the best I can trying to get through a brick wall and find ways around stuff but it's like just screwing my family and time is passing me by and I'm stuck, it's no good. It's no good. I gotta get moving. The whole world's passing me by and I'm stuck in this fucking job as governor now. Everybody's passing me by and I'm stuck</em>.”</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483523-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Count 3 Kicker plus.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483523-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Count 3.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong><a name="Count4"></a>Count 4 – Wire Fraud – The Senate Seat</strong> – On this November 12<sup>th</sup> &nbsp;call Blagojevich discusses with an advisor a plan where he would appoint Jarrett to the Senate and in return Obama could start up an advocacy group that Blagojevich could lead for a fat salary.&nbsp;</p><p>“<em>Yeah, and you know, they'd have to help us, they'd have to put it, get the resources for it to put it together.&nbsp; That'd be, you know, now, again, maybe she doesn't want to be senator anymore, maybe that's not of interest to them, but...</em>”</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483523-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Count 4.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong><a name="Count5"></a>Count 5 – Wire Fraud - The Senate Seat -</strong> In this call on November 12, 2008, Rod Blagojevich made “an ask” -- taking his talk out of the realm of brainstorming and into the realm of committing crimes.&nbsp; Here’s what went down.&nbsp; Tom Balanoff came to Blagojevich on behalf of Obama to say that Obama thought Valerie Jarrett would be a good pick to replace him in the U.S. senate.&nbsp; While discussing Jarrett, Blagojevich brings up the idea of a non-profit that he would be the director of and get a big salary from.&nbsp; The kicker:</p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>And creating a 501(c)(4) that if I'm no longer an elected official I can possibly work with but right now...</em></p><p>BALANOFF: <em>Right.</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: ...<em>while I'm an elected official it would help me push stuff here and at the federal level, which helps us here in Illinois, that'd be very attractive.&nbsp; And you know George Soros and Buffet and all those guys.</em>..</p><p>BALANOFF:<em> Right.</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: ...<em>You know, overnight can put 10, 15,20 million dollars in an advocacy group like that couldn't they?</em></p><p>BALANOFF: <em>Right. Yeah, they could.</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: Yeah, and then we could help our new Senator Valerie Jarrett go out and, uh...</p><p>BALANOFF: Yeah, there you go.</p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>Push that.</em></p><p>BALANOFF: <em>So let me, uh, let me, uh, see if I can't, well, I can. Let me move this idea and see where it, let me put that flag up and see where it goes.</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483523-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Count 5.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong><a name="Count6"></a>Count 6 – Wire Fraud - The Senate Seat</strong> - On this November 12, 2008 call Blagojevich once again pushes the idea of heading up a non-profit funded by supporters of Obama in return for appointing Obama’s preferred candidate Valerie Jarrett to the Senate.&nbsp; Blagojevich says that if Jarrett “really wants to be a senator” then “it's a very real possibility. It could happen.”&nbsp; Blagojevich transitions from that to tell Balanoff to push the non-profit idea:</p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>Okay, 501(C)(4), I mean use your judgment on how we talk about that, but.</em></p><p>BALANOFF: <em>Yeah.</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>What do you think about that concept, that idea?</em></p><p>BALANOFF: <em>Hey, I think it's great, you know. But hey, what you, you and I, a lotta times think something's great...</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>Yeah.</em></p><p>BALANOFF:.<em>..it's unfortunate that other people don't. I think it's a great idea.</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>And don't forget, we always, we always have the option of me, just fucking sending me there.</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483523-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Count 6.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong><a name="Count7"></a>Count 7 – Wire Fraud – The Senate Seat -</strong> On this November 13<sup>th</sup> call Blagojevich tells his advisor Doug Scofield that he wants to get the idea of a trade into Rahm Emanuel’s head.&nbsp; He wants Emanuel to know that he’s willing to appoint Jarrett to the senate if Obama will use his power to get a non-profit funded that could hire Blagojevich as the director.&nbsp;</p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>Anyway, so do we talk to Tom Balanoff to see if Andy Stern can go to Rahm and say heylook, will you help this guy with his501(c)(4) on health care. You follow me?</em></p><p>SCOFIELD: <em>Okay.</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>And I, and, ah, my, my strategic goal would be to have Rahm have it in his head sooner rather than later. Like today, tomorrow. Not in connection withSenate appointment or, or anything in his 5th CD.</em></p><p>SCOFIELD: <em>Okay.</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>You know just sort of like hey, this iswhat, is there a way to help him. Youguys get Buffett and Warren Buffett and all these guys to fund it. You see what I'm sayin' Doug?</em></p><p>SCOFIELD: <em>I do, but this, this, we're not talking as part of discussions for anything else.</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>Well, it's unsaid. You understand what I'm sayin'?</em></p><p>On the stand Blagojevich insisted that he wasn’t seeking to trade one for the other and that these tapes prove he wasn’t trying to make a trade.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483523-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Count 7.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong><a name="Count8"></a>Count 8 – Wire Fraud – The Senate Seat –</strong> In this November 13<sup>th</sup> &nbsp;call Blagojevich instructs an advisor to get a message to Rahm Emanuel to that Blagojevich would like $10 or 20 million put into a non-profit for him to lead.&nbsp; Blagojevich says he never appointed anyone to the senate so he therefore couldn’t have committed any crimes.&nbsp; Prosecutors say calls like this represent substantial steps that Blagojevich took to try to get something for himself in exchange for official action.</p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>Ah, can you call Wyma?</em></p><p>SCOFIELD: <em>Yeah, and what's the, what's the message?</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>The message is ah, you know ah, a-, ask him if he can call Rahm and just say hey look, ah, this is unrelated to the other stuff but ah, you know, is there, we would, I'd like, I wanna put together a501(c)(4) for health care. An issue advocacy, put, we'll put, we're putting together an org, we are putting together an organization, a 501(c)(4) advocating children's health care, you know, health care for working families.&nbsp; Okay? We'd like to be able to use that, I would, to, you know, play a role to help them, well, I'd like to use that for our efforts here in Illinois, but, you know, to the extent that it can help Obama's efforts on healthcare, that's good too.</em></p><p>SCOFIELD: <em>Right.</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>You know what I'm saying?</em></p><p>SCOFIELD: <em>Yep.</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>And could they, ah, you know and is there, you know, can they talk to, is there George Soros and Warren Buffett all that whole, all those Democrats, can, can he think, start thinking about how he can help us fund it?</em></p><p>SCOFIELD: <em>Okay, and it's as simple as that. You, he should say it's unrelated to the other thing.</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>If he feels like he needs to even say that.</em></p><p>SCOFIELD: <em>Okay.</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483523-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Count 8.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong><a name="Count9"></a>Count 9 – Wire Fraud – Racetrack bill –</strong> On this December 4<sup>th</sup> call, Blagojevich is talking to Lon Monk, his law school roommate who worked on the governor’s campaign.&nbsp; The two are trying to figure out how to get a $100,000 campaign contribution from John Johnston.&nbsp; Johnston owns horse-racing tracks and the governor has a bill awaiting his signature that would benefit Johnston and others in the horse racing industry.</p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>I mean, you want me to call him directly, I will, whatever's the best thing. I'm just a little bit...</em></p><p>MONK:<em> I think it's better if you do it.</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>Okay.</em></p><p>MONK: <em>For... It, it's better if you do it just from a pressure point of view.</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>Yeah, good. I'll call him and say yeah, we'll, and we want to do an event down, down so-, down so-, downstate.</em></p><p>MONK: <em>Right.</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>I'll say we wanna do it and we hope, we hope to do this so we can get together and start picking some dates to do a sign-, bill signing? Right?</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483523-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Count 9.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong><a name="Count10"></a>Count 10 – Wire Fraud – The Senate Seat –</strong> On December 4<sup>th</sup> Blagojevich had a conversation with two advisors where he talks about possibly picking Jesse Jackson Jr. to take Obama’s senate seat.&nbsp; One of the advisors asks repeatedly why he’d pick Jackson.&nbsp; The tortured conversation that follows is the kicker:</p><p>YANG: <em>Is this, is essentially the deal with Jesse Jr. will be that the Jacksons will support you for re-election?</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>No there's more to it.</em></p><p>YANG: <em>What else?</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>There's tangible, concrete tangible stuff from supporters.</em></p><p>YANG: <em>Like what?</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>Well like, you know. You know what I'm talking about. (UI)...later.&nbsp; Political, tangible political support Fred.</em></p><p>YANG:<em> Okay, alright.</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>You know. Specific amounts and everything.</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483523-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Count 10.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong><a name="Count11"></a>Count 11 – Attempted Extortion – Chicago Academy –</strong> Blagojevich was holding up a grant for a school in Congressman Rahm Emanuel’s district until Emanuel’s brother held a fundraiser for the governor.&nbsp; Prosecutors are relying heavily on the testimony of former Deputy Governor Bradley Tusk. Tusk is one of the more credible witnesses as he didn’t testify with a grant of immunity or receive special consideration from prosecutors because he agreed to point the finger at the governor.</p><p><strong><a name="Count12"></a>Count 12 – Attempted Extortion – Children’s Hospital –</strong> Blagojevich threatened to hold up legislation that would benefit the hospital until he got $25,000 in campaign contributions from the CEO of the hospital.&nbsp; Jurors heard from the CEO Pat Magoon, a very credible witness, but proof that Blagojevich was holding up the legislation was a call in which Blagojevich asked his deputy governor Bob Greenlee if they could hold up the rate increase for budgetary reasons.&nbsp;</p><p>Greenlee said they could and Blagojevich responded, “good to know.”&nbsp; Blagojevich never actually instructed Greenlee to hold back the legislation but Greenlee testified that he interpreted the call as an instruction and he pulled it back.</p><p><strong><a name="Count13"></a>Count 13 – Solicitation of a Bribe – Children’s Hospital –</strong> Blagojevich tried to get a campaign contribution in exchange for signing legislation that would benefit the hospital to the tune of $8- to $10 million.</p><p><strong><a name="Count14"></a>Count 14 – Extortion Conspiracy – Racetrack Bill –</strong> Tab 59, 63 and 64.&nbsp; Blagojevich and advisor Lon Monk agree to put pressure on a horse racing track owner to give contributions.&nbsp; At the same time that they’re discussing the contribution, they’re also discussing legislation that will help the horse racing industry and they’re worried about how it will look if the contribution is too close to the bill signing.</p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>You could say he could sign the bill right after the first of the year. I think you just say that. He’s gonna sign all his bills, he's signing all, he's doing all his bills right...</em></p><p>MONK: <em>No. Look, I wanna go to him without crossing the line and say, give us the fuckin' money.</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>Right.</em></p><p>MONK: <em>(UI), give us the money and one has nothing to do with the other...</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>Right.</em></p><p>MONK: <em>...but give us the fuckin' money. Because they're losin', they're losing 9,000 a day.</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>Okay.</em></p><p>MONK: <em>For every day it's not signed.</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483523-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Count 14.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong><a name="Count15"></a>Count 15 – Conspiracy to Solicit a Bribe – Racetrack Bill –</strong> Blagojevich engaged with others to try to get a bribe in the form of campaign contributions from John Johnston, the horse race track owner.&nbsp; Prosecutors have given jurors several “overt acts” they say Blagojevich committed in furtherance of the scheme. They only have to find he committed one act to convict. Prosecutors say he brainstormed “the ask” on a recorded call.&nbsp; That could be the act on which jurors convict.&nbsp; Or, they could focus on a conversation in which Blagojevich has been told the demand was made, another action Blagojevich took as he allegedly sought a bribe.</p><p><strong><a name="Count16"></a>Count 16 – Attempted Extortion – Tollway Plan –</strong> The charge is that Blagojevich tried to pressure Gerald Krozel, a road builder, into raising $500,000 for the governor’s campaign fund.&nbsp; Prosecutors have given jurors a large choice of things Blagojevich did to get the contribution.&nbsp; He invited Krozel to a meeting.&nbsp; He directed one of his advisors to put pressure on Krozel to make the contribution, and he repeatedly asked his subordinates to stay on Krozel.&nbsp; Krozel testified that he felt pressure to contribute and that the governor was making the tollway plan contingent on contributions from the road building industry.&nbsp; But Krozel also testified that at the end of a meeting where he was pressured to give a contribution he asked the governor to go to lunch to meet his new bosses.&nbsp; Two aides to Blagojevich, both of whom are cooperating with the government in return for leniency, say the governor said “If they (the road builders) don’t perform (cough up campaign contributions) Fuck em (don’t sign the big tollway plan.)”</p><p><strong><a name="Count17"></a>Count 17 – Solicitation of a Bribe – Tollway Plan –</strong> It’s the same evidence as Count 16, but jurors have to answer a couple different questions to find he broke this law.&nbsp; Here the jury has to find that Blagojevich tried to get something of value “with the intent to be influenced or rewarded in connection with some business, transaction or series of transactions of the State of Illinois.”</p><p><strong><a name="Count18"></a>Count 18 – Extortion Conspiracy – The Senate seat -</strong> Jurors have to decide if Blagojevich knowingly joined a conspiracy to get something for himself in exchange for the Senate seat.&nbsp; Jurors heard calls in which Blagojevich plots with John Harris.&nbsp; Blagojevich also instructed his brother to meet with someone who was offering 1.5 million in campaign.&nbsp; The kicker, or rather, one of many kickers:</p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>She now knows that she can be a U.S. senator if I get, uh, Health and Human Services.</em></p><p>YANG: <em>Right.</em></p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: <em>Um, so how bad does she want to be a senator and, uh, and they, you know, I,I indicated to Balanoff that if I'm cornered and I have no other option, maybe I'll just send me to Washington.</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483523-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Count 18 kicker.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong><a name="Count19"></a>Count 19 – Attempted Extortion – The Senate Seat -</strong> He used his ability to appoint a U.S. senator to try to get money or property he wasn’t entitled to.&nbsp; This relates to the senate seat, and jurors get to choose what scheme they think he committed.&nbsp; Did he try to get a job in Obama’s cabinet in exchange for appointing Jarrett to the senate?&nbsp; Guilty.&nbsp; Did he try to get campaign contributions?&nbsp; Guilty.&nbsp; Did he try to get Obama to fund a non-profit that would pay him a big salary?&nbsp; Guilty.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a name="Count20"></a>Count 20 – Conspiracy to Solicit a Bribe – Senate Seat –</strong> Jurors have to find that Blagojevich knowingly joined a group effort to get a bribe in exchange for the senate seat and find that he committed one act to further that conspiracy, an act like arranging a meeting or directing a subordinate to engage in discussions.</p><p>So what counts, if any, will he be convicted on?&nbsp; Given the evidence and the nature of the counts, my guess is that at a minimum the jury will agree to convict on counts, 5, 6, 7, 8, 18,19 and 20.&nbsp;</p><p>There are many more they could reasonably convict on - and several that they could reasonably acquit.&nbsp; However, we know that the jury could be hung on most, if not all, of the counts.</p></p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 17:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-17/breaking-down-charges-against-blagojevich-88004 How a mostly female jury might affect deliberations in the Blagojevich retrial http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-21/how-mostly-female-jury-might-affect-deliberations-blagojevich-retrial-88 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-21/Blago Getty Scott Olson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Eleven women and one man are weighing former Governor Rod Blagojevich's fate as jury deliberations continue. That line-up is legal, but how does a female-dominant jury affect deliberations? Or even a verdict?<br> <br> To find out, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to jury consultant Alan Tuerkheimer, an expert jury consultant with <a href="http://www.zmf.com/" target="_blank">Zagnoli McEvoy Foley</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Searchl1te, "Cuando Riddim," from the release The Sprawl (self-released)</em></p></p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 13:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-21/how-mostly-female-jury-might-affect-deliberations-blagojevich-retrial-88 Blagojevich jury asks for clarity on instructions http://www.wbez.org/story/blagojevich-jury-asks-clarity-instructions-87951 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-16/112789045.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Jurors deliberating for a fifth day at the corruption retrial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have asked for clarification.&nbsp;</p><p>They sent a note Thursday to Judge James Zagel asking for clarification of jury instructions that serve as a guide in their deliberations.</p><p>The instruction they asked about dealt with the first ten of 20 counts Blagojevich faces.&nbsp;</p><p>All ten are wire fraud counts and most relate to allegations that Blagojevich sought to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat.</p><p>After reading the note in court, Zagel said he wasn't certain what words jurors didn't understand. He replied telling them to look at the instruction again. If they still need help, he said they should send another note specifying what they don't understand.</p><p>Blagojevich has denied any wrongdoing.</p></p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 19:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/blagojevich-jury-asks-clarity-instructions-87951 No vertict yet for Blagojevich as jurors deliberate for fifth day http://www.wbez.org/story/no-vertict-yet-blagojevich-jurors-deliberate-fifth-day-87936 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-16/96553242.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Jurors at the corruption retrial of impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich are gathering again to go through evidence presented during six weeks of testimony.&nbsp;</p><p>Thursday is the fifth day of discussions for the 11 women and one man who make up the jury.&nbsp;</p><p>It's difficult to tell how the jury might be leaning. The jury has sent the judge just one note, and it was on a minor matter that revealed little.</p><p>Blagojevich faces 20 counts. He took the stand and denied all the charges, including that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated U.S.&nbsp; Senate seat.&nbsp;</p><p>Blagojevich's first trial ended with jurors deadlocked on all but one count after 14 days of deliberations. He was convicted of lying to the FBI.</p></p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 15:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/no-vertict-yet-blagojevich-jurors-deliberate-fifth-day-87936 Confusion and characters in the Blagojevich retrial http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-03/confusion-and-characters-blagojevich-retrial-87370 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-03/Blago Getty Scott Olson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Monday, federal prosecutors will continue their cross examination of former governor Rod Blagojevich. But on Thursday, the courtroom was full of confusion and mayhem.<br> <br> Prosecutors yelled questions over Blagojevich’s long-winded responses. Blagojevich’s lawyer Aaron Goldstein had to yell his objections over his client, leading Blagojevich to ask why Goldstein was objecting him.<br> <br> To help explain this confusing turn of events, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to WBEZ’s Rob Wildeboer.</p></p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 13:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-03/confusion-and-characters-blagojevich-retrial-87370