Blago: Dead Man Walking
Guilty on one count and a mistrial on the other twenty-three. Only in Chicago.
Former governor Rod Blagojevich (D-IL) was found guilty of lying to FBI agents. He faces a prison sentence of up to five years and fine of up to $250,000. But, more importantly he faces a retrial on the remaining counts.
I know the partial verdict has resulted in much gnashing of teeth and recriminations about the justice system in Illinois. But, I think a vital fact is being overlooked. If the media reports are true, and a single juror held out on the 23 counts, then Blago is a “dead man walking”. His chances in a retrial are even slimmer. Ditto for his brother Robert.
Blagojevich’s high-priced attorneys, father and son duo Sam Adams Sr. and Jr., must be telling him this. Their client survived by the skin of his teeth and his future freedom is hanging by a thread.
Blago doesn’t have the personal financial resources to weather another long trial. After all, a lack of funds is what the impeached governor kept complaining about during those wiretaps. And, the two Adamses don’t come cheap.
I can imagine them advising “Governor Hairdo” to cut his losses and seek a plea bargain. Maybe they can negotiate a shorter stay at a nicer “Club Fed” if he cops some lesser charges.
I can almost hear the conversation…
“C’mon Rod, this was a long-shot at best. You got lucky with one stubborn juror, otherwise you’re guilty on ALL counts facing decades behind bars. Plus, how are you going to pay us for a second trial? Don’t put your brother, wife and kids through anymore of this. Give us permission to approach the Feds about a deal.”
Hey, isn’t making deals what got Blago in this jam to begin with?
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