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Opening Arguments

Free Blago

Rod Blagojevich looks like a political huckser, and prosecutors kept saying they had an overwhelming case, so it was "a surprise to many," as the Times says, when jurors only agreed on one measly count. But maybe it shouldn't have been:

As the jurors in the corruption case against Rod R. Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor, entered a 25th-floor conference room here, one problem was instantly clear: They were overwhelmed.

The judge had handed them instructions that ran to more than a hundred pages. The verdict sheet was as elaborate as some income tax forms. And many of the 24 counts they were being asked to consider came in multiple parts and were highly technical and interconnected.

“It was like,


tim zank
Fri, 08/20/2010 - 10:11am

Is Blago guilty? To quote a famous barrister "That would depend on what your definition of "is" is.


Lewis Allen
Fri, 08/20/2010 - 6:37pm

Jeez. Must be the week for political scumbags to get off easy. Tom DeLay's off the hook (somewhat) now too.