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Rod R. Blagojevich
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Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich sidestepped the most serious charges against him Tuesday when a federal jury in Chicago found him guilty of only one of 24 charges, lying to the FBI — at least a temporary victory for the Democrat accused of trying to sell the Senate seat once held by President Obama.
Jurors in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich have reached agreement on just two of 24 counts against him, and haven't even begun discussing 11 of the counts.
Jurors who will now decide the fate of disgraced former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich have two very different portraits to ponder: The Democrat is either an insecure bumbler who talked too much or a sly, greedy political schemer determined to use his power to enrich himself.
Rod R. Blagojevich's defense lawyer clashed with the judge Monday over his planned closing arguments, pledging to go to jail if he is prohibited from telling jurors about witnesses that prosecutors never called.
So much for the fearless, indomitable, impeached criminal defendant Rod R. Blagojevich, who looked forward to his day in court to tell the people of Illinois the whole truth and nothing but the truth so as to exonerate himself ("Blagojevich decides against testifying on his own behalf," Politics, Thursday).
Rod R. Blagojevich stood up in court Wednesday and told the judge the opposite of what he has been saying for months.
Former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich's brother testified Monday that he never tied political contributions to government business while he served as chairman of the ousted Illinois governor's campaign fund, and he portrayed himself as frequently outside the loop during political discussions.
After promising for a year and a half to take the witness stand, former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich is likely to testify in his own defense at his federal corruption trial this week in a long-awaited duel of wits and wills with federal prosecutors.
After promising for a year and a half to take the witness stand, Rod R. Blagojevich is likely to testify in his own defense at his federal corruption trial this week in a long-awaited duel of wits and wills with federal prosecutors.