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Old 12-13-2008, 05:36 PM   #46
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Let's not kid ourselves, people in position of power don't get the same treatment as those that aren't. They get treated better mainly because they can afford better lawyers, that is a fact of life. Unfortunately Blogo was able to walk with $4,500 bail, fortunately the man is relatively poor, is so stupid and so blatant he will without a doubt end up in jail and serve some serious time. Regrettably, he'll end up in a federal pen where salad tossing is not prevalent.
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Let's not kid ourselves, people in position of power don't get the same treatment as those that aren't. They get treated better mainly because they can afford better lawyers, that is a fact of life. Unfortunately Blogo was able to walk with $4,500 bail, fortunately the man is relatively poor, is so stupid and so blatant he will without a doubt end up in jail and serve some serious time. Regrettably, he'll end up in a federal pen where salad tossing is not prevalent.
Yup. That's pretty much the case. And, quite frankly, most prosecutors are paid substantially less than the defense attorneys for high profile guys. So, unless truly dedicated (which does happen), the prosecutors tend to be younger and/or just not as good as the defense attorneys they face. Also, in general, prosecutors can't focus the resources that the defense can on any particular case. Yes, the State has tons of money BUT its got to be divided among tons of cases. Bottom line, lots of money means your more likely be able to buy yourself a better defense.

With that said, in some cases, you just can't avoid the truth (see M. Vick and a host of other mega-rich defendents that still managed to get jail time). This is one of those cases. Unless the feds f'ed up the wiretap request (here's betting that they didnt), they have this guy's admitting his intent to auction off the seat among other stuff - read the indictment.

He will be in jail and, as betraying public trust is one of those things that particular pisses of the public, I suspect he will be made an example.
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Old 12-13-2008, 09:37 PM   #48
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When you get indicted by a fed prosecutor you are done. I am too lazy to look up the stats right now but I remember from the Libby case that Fed prosecutions end up in conviction like 90%+ of the time. And when you get convicted of a federal crime you go to jail. They don't waste hundreds of thousands and political capital for probabtion.
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Found guilty of making false statements to FBI, 1-5 years in prison potentially
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Blago guilty on one count: Lying to the FBI - Chicago Breaking News


Mistrial on 23/24 counts, this is the only one that stuck at this point...lying.
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It's good that he will at least do some time. I hope the judge gives him the max.
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Fitz has got to be peeved that they only the one guilty.
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:44 AM   #54
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I wonder if the other 23 being deemed mistrials had anything to do with Rahm Emmanuel's involvement and lack of cooperation?

Also, Valerie Jarrett is in hot water herself, and was reportedly who Barrack Obama wanted to handpick as his replacement...relayed to Blago via Rahm Emmanuel. There are a lot of connections when it comes to Chicago/Illinois/now White House politics. Even Jesse Jackson, Jr. was apparently involved.

The whole thing is a huge mess. You can't but to wonder if Rod getting off on 23/24 charges has anything to do with the other people involved and the political ramifications of bringing more attention to them.



Witness: Rahm Emanuel asked me to call Blagojevich to say President Elect Barack Obama wanted Valerie Jarrett - The Blago Blog

Rahm Emanuel talked with governor's office about who should fill Obama's Senate seat - chicagotribune.com

Blagojevich scandal: Rahm Emanuel and Jesse Jackson Jr face new revelations - Times Online

Rahm Emanuel 'traded political favours with Rod Blagojevich' - Telegraph
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