July 29, 2010

Verdict watch in Blagojevich trial

Posted: 10:26 AM ET

Chicago, Illinois (CNN) - Jurors in the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich began deliberating Wednesday.

The jury members were instructed by the judge before they received the case just before noon (1 p.m. ET). Testimony wrapped up last week.

The ousted governor did not take the stand in his own defense, saying it was his decision, based on his attorneys' advice, not to do so.

While awaiting trial, Blagojevich protested his innocence in interviews and on Twitter, as well as during his appearances on the "Celebrity Apprentice" reality show.

Blagojevich faces 24 counts including racketeering, wire fraud, attempted extortion and bribery. The two-term Democrat was removed from office in January 2009 amid accusations that he had attempted to sell the U.S. Senate seat that had been occupied by Barack Obama before he became president.  Full Story

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Kate   July 29th, 2010 11:34 am ET

He is very strange,and not liked by many.He is as guilty as sin,hes a player.

Nan   July 29th, 2010 1:13 pm ET

If someone was overpowering me and I had a chance to "knock him out" and make a run for it, I don't think I would go back and stab them 55 times. Unless........I needed to shut their mouth about the situation? Hmmm, what is the psychological implication of "over kill"?

Lisa   July 29th, 2010 1:59 pm ET

Who's to say that the defendant isn't responsible for the images on the computer? He had access.

Who's to say the defendant wasn't suffering from sexual identity crisis, and that the victim found out about the photos on the computer then confronted the defendant?

Lisa   July 29th, 2010 2:40 pm ET

I kind of feel sorry for the guy. He seems more dumb than conniving. The state should feel bad that they voted for someone so clueless. Instead, they're prosecuting him to cover up what a joke this was. I hope he walks.

C. A.   July 29th, 2010 2:45 pm ET

The boy has some issues for sure, to stab the man 55 times, too much rage here. Firs of all, myself, having been sexually molested by my own father from age 5 to 15, did not kill my dad, he died at the age of 60 of natural causes cardiac arrest. I did not in my adulthood become a molester myself. I just finally had enough of this abuse, said no and walked away and got a life for myself. None pampered me, and I was 23 years old before I told my mother about my dad. Why wait so long? Well, dad told me at age 7, if I opened my mouth he would shut it up permanently, with a knife at my throat, very convincing at the age of 7. All I can say here is, the Judge has a job on his hands, this whole case is strange.

Lt Dan   July 29th, 2010 2:55 pm ET

Nan, Blagojevich is accused of killing justice and integrety true, but he did not stab it 55 times. Though, if he thought he could make money on the video, I'm sure he would have.

JR M.   July 29th, 2010 3:16 pm ET

As a former resident of IL, I know the kind of politics that goes on there, and this Fmr. governor as the last one, never really in..... my opinion, really have the interest of the great people of IL. at heart. I grew up in the City of Chicago and always wonder how these politicians, especially in Chgo. get away with what they do. I'm sure the U.S. Attorney General for that district will stay busy just trying to figure out which politician to investigate next. Chances are good they are commiting some type of crime against the very people who elected them to office. The people of IL. deserve better.

Rick   July 29th, 2010 3:49 pm ET

Blago is dead meat. He deserves to spend years in a cell, but if he does, don't expect him to come out having learned a thing. His kind only know how to use people for their own ends, and if they get caught they cry about how unfair everyone is...when in the end they made their own choices by being corrupt to the core. Good riddance to him.

ProfessorOH   July 29th, 2010 4:39 pm ET

"In God's hands"??? What a tool. It's in the jury's hands and from what I am told, God does not affect free will. He might be praying to God but sorry dude, your peers decide.

Denise   July 29th, 2010 5:16 pm ET

Bi Polar meds have been mentioned. If Mr Hurley is truly bi-polar and failed to take his medication I would expect him to behave in a very different manner. He would more than likely be aggressive and hostile
and may have been imaging conspiracies everywhere. Has anybody looked into which type of bi-polar disease he was diagnosed with?

Big Mama   July 29th, 2010 6:26 pm ET

He is not the fool his defense team is trying to make him out to be. He's the consummate politician like the rest of them. Such a disgrace for Illinois. I suspect he'll be sharing a room with George soon.

Andrea G.   July 29th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

Why is it soo hard for people to belive that sexually abuse happens.The people of America need educate there self on it and stop the denial. It is out there and no one needs to sufer with it.

Sharon Hille   July 30th, 2010 2:44 am ET

My grandson is Attention Deficient and he always "acts" before he thinks. Yes, in Daniels case, I think he was abused but did anyone think that maybe Daniel went over to ask for a pay off for silence? And, when it wasn't given, the pickle jar went flying and the knife found a way to stop the situation. Daniel killed the victim on his own free will and needs to face the consequences. Was Daniel ever given a lie dectator test ? Sharon. Kent, Wa.

dolores mikolajczak   July 30th, 2010 11:00 am ET

Why, with children home for summer vacation and probably latchkey children, would insession cover a disgusting trial like this. I'm sure you have plenty of taped trials more appropriate. Would your wonderful panel of experts disagree with my view.

Mike   July 30th, 2010 11:06 am ET

In light of all the publicity that proceeded this trial compared to how its actually played out, who wants to bet that some kind of deal was cut where Blago winds up getting little or no punishment as a reward for not dragging the adminsitration into all kinds of embarassment by acutally testifying and requiring a more thorough proscution? In other words, anyone smelling that a deal has been cut?

Lenna   July 30th, 2010 8:57 pm ET

I say! I did not read the other post after I seen the first one. I so believe this young boy Danial . At 15 I had a boyfriend that lived 1 mile away and his dad would take me home for favors! I have never til this day told anyone. I still will not admit this! I feel I knew what would happen if he took me home,but how could I tell my friends and I would never tell my parents!

Den   August 2nd, 2010 6:50 pm ET

The bottom line is, the prosecution failed to show an exchange of money for any political favor, Yet the mayor of Chicago cannot account for 1 billion dollars the Morgan Stanley paid for the 75 year contract to operated the parking meters that one year later was granted top Laz parking, a middle eastern firm. Mayor Daley cannot account for the millions that was set aside for the Olympics, No where is it to be found, Yet the Governpr of the State of Illinois was impeached, lead by the crooks Pat Quinn and Lisa Madigan whom recently handed out 27% raises to themself and his staff when the rest of the state workers are required to take time out without pay.
Blagojevich is guilty of shooting his mouth off, nothing more ! Since when is that a crime!?! Again, the prosecution fail to show that any crime was actually commited, I feel Blagojevich is being railroaded because he wouldn't play nice nice with the real crooks in Springfield.
By the way, our president recently contributed 25 million of tax payer dollars to the presidential election campaign in Kenya.
What the heck is going on here.???
Set Blagojevich free unless someone can prove that he actually commited a crime. Innocent until proven guilty! How could he have been impeached in the first place without a special election.
Time to round up the real criminals in this country..

Blubberbutt   August 5th, 2010 12:44 pm ET

He is innocent. Why are they taking so much time. Must be they like the free meals and press attention. Better than working I guess but this is scary...

Groovin_fusion   August 6th, 2010 1:33 pm ET

He's guilty, they should throw the book at him, then thow it at him again.

david   August 6th, 2010 3:52 pm ET

Illinois needs a separate jail just for former governors. Keener, walker, Ryan and now blago.

BOB   August 9th, 2010 12:49 pm ET

for months he said he would testify in court and he should have kept his word even though his lawyers told him not to!!!!!
then he sould have kept his mouth shut about saying he would testify before his trial started and even after it started!!!!!
he isn't a man of his word!!!!!

Brit   August 9th, 2010 3:30 pm ET

Milorad Blagojevich was always a man interested in only one thing ...... himself. Egotistical in the extreme he stops at nothing to propogate his own self-image. He uses people, then tosses them aside when he is done. He raped the State of Illinois and worsened its already badly underfunded pension systems to line his own pockets and those of his friends so they would keep quiet. But, the truth comes out eventually, and when he is found guilty hopefully it will seem as if some measure of justice has been done.

Ladysoul22   August 11th, 2010 10:37 am ET

this case should be about getting justice for jamarl pinkney jr. not want the father wants from the court, jury, and state of michigan.

thomas burcher   July 24th, 2011 6:39 pm ET

I feel that the former govenor is in need of some reality therapy.
He did not seem to take these charges seriously. I like him, and do not feel he'll get the care he needs in prison. I wonder about juries some
times I know they have sent a lot of people to their deaths, especially
in the black south. I will pray for Rod, and please don't shave his hair off!

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