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December 05, 2016

Blagojevich Case Not Over, Retrial Set For 2011

Blagojevich trial to go for a second round in 2011
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Blagojevich trial to go for a second round in 2011
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San Francisco (Obama.net)- After President Barack Obama was elected the president of the United States of America, there was suddenly an open position for Senator of Illinois. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich took it upon himself to fill the void. However, the now former governor decided that his best route would be to try to sell the seat. This led to much legal trouble for Blagojevich and his brother Robert Blagojevich.

Robert Blagojevich has no more problems to worry about. It has been announced that all four of the counts against him have been dropped by prosecutors in the case.

However, his brother, the former governor of Illinois, was not as lucky. After the jury deliberated for a total of two weeks about whether or not to convict Rod Blagojevich of the 24 charges placed against him, the former governor was only ruled to be guilty of providing the FBI with false information. The jury was hung on the other 23 charges. The charges included fraud, extortion attempts, bribery, and racketeering.

But much to the chagrin of Blagojevich, the prosecution in the case has said that it plans to retry Blagojevich. According to his lawyer, Samuel Adam, Sr., Blagojevich will be retired shortly after the New Year.

However, due to the costs of the first trial, Blagojevich has lost much of his defense team despite winning on the one count. According to Adam Sr., “We’re now down one defendant, one less charge, and we’re down about eight lawyers.”

Adam Sr. says he needs more lawyers on his team as there is too much evidence to go over for only two court appointed men. According to Blagojevich attorney, the first trial was led by twenty people working to fight for Blagojevich’s innocence.

The hope of Blagojevich’s defense team is that the charges against him will be dropped just like they were against his brother Robert.

Blagojevich has yet to be approached with a plea deal.

Since the verdict on the first trial came out, Blagojevich has made the media rounds via multiple interviews, twitter posts, and television appearances. In each, the former governor of Illinois is making it as clear as he can to the American people that he is in fact completely innocent of all of the crimes he is being charged with by the United States government.

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