Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Blago Jury Deadlocked

Sun Times. On some or all counts? Only they know. But this:
Attorney Michael Ettinger, who is representing Robert Blagojevich, said the jury indicated it was “hopelessly deadlocked” on every count that involves an act.
Well, this sounds like good news for Blago.

It's their 11th day going on 12. But maybe they'll get him on something and go home tomorrow. ...Tribune:
The jury indicated it wanted to know what happens if it cannot agree on a unanimous decision on every count. The panel had matched up specific acts in the case to individual counts and was unclear on what to do next, the note said.
...Crain's with a reminder of the number of counts:

Blagojevich, 53, has pleaded not guilty to 24 counts, including charges of trying to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat for a Cabinet post, private job or campaign cash. If convicted, he could face up to $6 million in fines and a sentence of 415 years in prison, though he is sure to get much less time under federal guidelines.
Well, lots of scope for the jury there. CBS2 with another summary:
Rod Blagojevich faces 24 counts, including racketeering, wire fraud, attempted extortion and bribery conspiracy. He is accused of trying to sell or trade an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama and of pressuring campaign contributors for money in exchange for official acts as governor.

His brother, Robert Blagojevich, faces four counts and is accused of helping his brother in some of his schemes, including the attempt to sell the Senate seat.
The Children's Memorial alleged pay to play scheme is the closest to a smoking gun for both. More wait and see.

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