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Oh, No: Blago’s Trial ‘May Touch’ Obama

From a fingers crossed Reuters:

Blagojevich corruption trial may touch Obama

By Andrew Stern Wed Jun 2, 2010

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Even Rod Blagojevich’s lawyer finds him a bit strange, which may provide the key to the former Illinois governor’s strategy at his upcoming corruption trial — he was all talk, but no action.

Notice how Reuters tries to establish Mr. Obama’s ‘Blago is nutzo’ defense in their very first sentence.

Among the 24 counts of fraud, conspiracy, bribery and racketeering that could land Blagojevich a long prison sentence are charges he dangled President Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder or demanded a cabinet post for himself in exchange for naming an Obama aide to the seat.

Since his arrest at dawn on December 9, 2008, Blagojevich has repeated his mantra of innocence in nonstop interviews, in a book, on the airwaves as a local disc jockey, and to anyone who would listen on NBC’s "Celebrity Apprentice" television show…

Again, notice how Reuters is trying to portray Mr. Blagojevich, just in case he might produce evidence against media protected people like Mr. Obama.

His attorney told an interviewer that he had neither the capability nor the intention of shutting Blagojevich up.

"He’s a celebrity idiot, but he is a celebrity," Sam Adam Jr. told Chicago Magazine of plans to let his client testify.

Quieting Blagojevich would never work, he added.

"I can’t. But you’re going to see when he testifies. He’s truly funny — totally self-absorbed but truly funny," Adams said. "He’s also one of the most insecure people I’ve ever met. It’s such a strange dynamic."

Another possible wild card in Blagojevich’s long-awaited trial that begins on Thursday is whether it will entangle Obama and his aides in Illinois’ hurly-burly political theater.

“Will it entangle Mr. Obama and his aides in Illinois’ hurly-burly political theater”? Is this how Reuters would describe Republicans caught red-handed selling political seats?

The trial, which is expected to last up to four months, may expose discrepancies in how members of Obama’s future administration characterized its contacts with Blagojevich after the November 2008 election

If any factual evidence is produced, it surely will. (Since we now know that Mr. Obama has repeatedly misrepresented his contacts with Mr. Blagojevich.)

But that is a ‘big if.’

Judge James Zagel of the U.S. District Court ruled out a defense request to have Obama testify.

Say, whatever happened to that quaint notion that our President is not above the law? After all, even President Clinton testified in a sexual harassment case. Granted he perjured himself, but at least he testified.

But among those who may take the stand are senior White House staffers Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr

There is also the shadowy figure of a convicted influence peddler, Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a former friend to both Obama and Blagojevich who may testify for the prosecution.

We suspect that the judge will never allow Mr. Rezko to appear, either.

Prosecutors are expected to rely heavily on the testimony of former Blagojevich aides, three of whom have pleaded guilty, and audio tapes featuring the often foul-mouthed Blagojevich.

The FBI recorded 500 hours of conversations involving Blagojevich and his cohorts. Prosecutors say they engaged in a turbocharged version of "pay-to-play" politics, and will play some 100 hours of the tapes for the jury…

Blagojevich is not accused of pocketing any money himself and experts say his task is to depict his talk as typical political horse trading.

You see, it’s just “horse trading,” Like offering someone a high position in exchange for dropping out of a Senate race. It’s done all the time – in Chicago and other third world countries.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Oh, No: Blago’s Trial ‘May Touch’ Obama”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    I hope he laughs (he’s soooo funny) all the way to ‘Crossbars Hotel’
    and takes a not so funny dingleBarry with him.

  2. proreason says:

    The odds of Blago being allowed to talk in the trial are 50-50.

    The odds of him having the courage to actually implicate the Moron are 3 to 1 against. If he does talk, that will be proof positive he’s nutso, because it will place everybody he knows or cares about in mortal danger. He entire family will be ruined for life….and that’s the best case.

    The odds of the lamestream press giving what he says any publicity are 1000 to 1 against.

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”The odds of the lamestream press giving what he says any publicity are 1000 to 1 against……”

      But they’ve still got to make it look legit. Having said that, anybody who dares implicate the “Won” is almost certainly dead meat, starting with Rezko.

  3. Right of the People says:

    They should ask for a neutral site like Toronto and even better Tel Aviv to hold this trial.

    If they hold it here, which they will, they will redefine the word perjury.

  4. nuthingbettertodo says:

    Too risky to put Rezko on stand?

    BLAGOJEVICH TRIAL | Prosecutors fear he’d be unreliable

    June 2, 2010

    BY NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter nkorecki@suntimes.com

    Once a prolific fund-raiser for Rod Blagojevich and Barack Obama, Tony Rezko is one of the most recognizable figures in the Blagojevich legal saga.

    His name will be invoked repeatedly during Blagojevich’s trial, with the defense likely to paint him as the demon in the former governor’s administration and prosecutors alleging that Rezko’s bad acts were carried out with Blagojevich’s blessing.

    Tony Rezko is not slotted to take the witness stand for the government. He will only take the stand if there’s a turn in the case in which prosecutors feel he’s needed, according to sources.
    Yet, Rezko, convicted in 2008 of corruption, is not slotted to take the witness stand for the government in Blagojevich’s trial, which begins Thursday.

    Sources with knowledge of the government’s case say prosecutors think Rezko is too risky to put on the stand. Rezko will only take the stand, they say, if the case takes a turn and prosecutors think his testimony is needed.

    The sources say prosecutors fear Rezko brings with him much baggage of his own wrongdoing and that he’ll “go off the reservation,” in testimony. His presence as an Obama fund-raiser — and onetime neighbor — may also create a distraction, they say.

    Most notably, however, Rezko has publicly disparaged the prosecution.

    In 2008, Rezko wrote his then-trial judge, U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve, to tell her he was being pressured to lie about Blagojevich and then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama.

    “They are pressuring me to tell them the ‘wrong’ things that I supposedly know about Gov. Blagojevich and Sen. Obama,” he wrote. “I have never been party to any wrongdoing that involved the governor or the senator. I will never fabricate lies about anyone else for selfish purposes.”

    At the time Rezko wrote the letter, he had never submitted to an interview by the feds nor had he proffered a statement to them. Such a letter can be overcome by the prosecution, but it’s still fodder for the defense and distracts jurors, said defense lawyer and former federal prosecutor Dean Polales.

    “It could well shift attention to matters having to do with investigative techniques,” Polales said. “It colors the jury’s evaluation of the testimony.”

    Polales said there’s another reason Rezko’s unlikely to take the stand: “They don’t need him,” he said.

    Other witnesses, including Rezko’s former business partner Michael Winter, onetime top aide and lobbyist Lon Monk, as well as a slew of others can testify to the same sorts of things Rezko will say, according to a filing by prosecutors that is a road map in the case.

    “They will only call him in an unusual circumstance,” said another source with knowledge of the case, who asked not to be named.

    That is, if the prosecution doesn’t feel the case is going as it should, they could call Rezko, but the source said it was “unlikely.”


    Rahm Emanuel subpoenaed by Blago defense
    June 2, 2010 2:00 PM | No Comments
    Lawyers for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich have subpoenaed Rahm Emanuel to testify at Blagojevich’s corruption trial, which is scheduled to open tomorrow, lawyers associated with the case said today.

    Emanuel, chief of staff to President Barack Obama, had been expected to be subpoenaed by the former governor.

    While he was a U.S. representative from Chicago, Emanuel was recorded in conversations with Blagojevich about Obama’s vacant Senate seat. Blagojevich is accused of offering the seat to the highest bidder.

    Emanuel was also an alleged victim of a Blagojevich extortion attempt over a state grant to a school.

    Emanuel joins a collection of other politicians subpoenaed by the defense to possibly testify at the high-profile trial.

    — Jeff Coen

  5. Mithrandir says:

    First rule of the oppressor: Make the oppressed look CRAZY.

    2nd rule: Rename your abuse something flowery.
    Bribery = horse trading
    Lying = misspoke/misquoted/taken-out-of-context
    Broken promises = campaign rhetoric
    Breaking rules to force legislation = reconciliation
    Fascist takeover of your lives = green solutions

    How many lights do you see? Four or five?

  6. artboyusa says:

    Whad da f**k da youse mean “strange”? Who da f**k is you callin’ “strange”? Huh? Loogid my great hair and my sharp clothes and my bewdafull f**kin’ wife Patty and my f**kin’ extensive f**kin’ vocabularry- does any a dat loog strange ta youse? Huh? Does it? Answer me, motherf**ker!

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