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August 17, 2010 – 8:08 PM | by: Ruth Ravve
Shock in the courtroom today, as the verdict was read: “Guilty”…but only on one of the 24 counts against him. After 14 days of deliberating, the jury agreed he was guilty of lying to the feds. And that’s all. The jury is “hung” on the other 23, so the judge had to declare a mistrial on those 23 counts. Lying to the feds can be punished with up to five years behind bars, but sentencing will likely wait until everything is all over–which may not be for quite awhile, because the prosecution says its going for a retrial.
All this is over an alleged plot to sell Barack Obama’s former senate seat. ”I want the people to know I did not lie to the FBI, I told the truth from the very beginning” the former Illinois governor and reality show star said. ”After 18 months, the government couldn’t prove its’ case” said defense attorney Sam Adam junior “You’re going to find out he’s a fundamentally non-corrupt individual”. Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was much less emotional when he said “The jury did its’ job, but we’re going to retry this case”
The first trial is estimated to have cost about $25-30 million of taxpayer money. Defense lawyers argue that a second trial wouldn’t be worth doubling the cost to the public.
Blago is vowing to appeal the one charge he was convicted on. Cheers went up from the crowd outside the courtroom as the former governor left. ”Fans” of Blago’s have lined up there nearly everyday of the trial, some yelling “free my governor!”.
Sunday, 20 Jun 2010 10:25 PM
A British newspaper reported Sunday that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is expected to quit within six to eight months in frustration at the Obama administration’s unwillingness to “bang heads together” to get policy pushed through.
The story in the London Sunday Telegraph says that while Emanuel, 50, “enjoys a good working relationship with Mr Obama,” both men have reached an understanding that differences over style mean he will serve only half the full four-year term.
Emanuel’s friends tell the paper that he is also worried about burnout and losing touch with his young family due to the pressure of one of most high profile jobs in US politics.
May 30, 2010
The contradictions between Congressman Joe Sestak’s account of a job offer and the belated, official White House response are, in a word, stunning. The controversy isn’t dying down and it won’t be going away. In fact, I suspect it has only just begun.
13 February 2009: Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter votes for the controversial $787 billion Stimulus package, leading to an outcry by Pennsylvania voters and Republicans nationwide. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that both before and after the vote, Specter is courted as a Democratic convert by Gov. Ed Rendell and Vice President Joe Biden.
Sometime between February and July 2009: A member of the White House staff (possibly Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel) offers Rep. Joseph Sestak (D-PA), who is running against incumbent Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA), an unspecified job in return for him dropping out of the race. The rationale: the White House believes Specter has a better chance of winning against a GOP contender than Sestak.
26 March 2009: President Obama announces his intent to nominate Ray Mabus to be Secretary of the Navy.
28 April 2009: After months of speculation, Specter switches to the Democrat Party.
18 February 2010: Apparently unaware that job offers by an administration in exchange for political favors are illegal, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) readily admits that he was offered a job to drop out of the Senate primary race with Arlen Specter during an interview with Philadelphia TV newscaster Larry Kane.