Robert Blagojevich

No retrial for Blago’s brother

No retrial for Blago’s brother

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich‘s older brother dreaded his lawyer’s phone call. Robert Blagojevich expected to learn when he’d again stand trial alongside his sibling, after a jury deadlocked last week on all four corruption charges against him and 23 of 24 charges against the former governor. Instead, attorney Michael Ettinger called near the start […]

Lone holdout saved Blago

Lone holdout saved Blago

They were close. After three weeks of respectful but increasingly tense deliberations, 11 jurors were ready to convict Rod Blagojevich of what prosecutors called a “political corruption crime spree” that would have sent yet another former Illinois governor to prison. Not close enough. On vote after vote, the jury kept coming up one juror short […]

Tapes show Blago’s many moods

Tapes show Blago’s many moods

Wiretap recordings played at Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial depict the former governor as furious one minute, then optimistic and other times unsure about his chances for success in his alleged plan to trade his power to name someone to Barack Obama‘s vacated U.S. Senate seat for a well-paying job. He curses at one point in […]