Blago May Walk
Oh, it’s just too good. The corruption trial of Rod Blagojevich is now well into its twelfth day of jury deliberations. Word started to trickle out yesterday that the jury could not come to a consensus on “some” of the charges.
Blagojevich is facing 24 counts, including racketeering and eleven counts of wire fraud, mostly in relation to his actions as Illinois governor involving appointing an interim Senator to take the place of newly elected Barack Obama as President.
Today, we learn the jury could only come to a consensus on two of the twenty four counts, and none of those include the wire fraud.
As I said before, Ol’ Blago is just such a lovable goofball, it’s hard to root against him. Truth is, he probably didn’t do any more than any other high-profile Illinois politician, and perhaps even less. And another fact that I’m certain of, our President is neck deep in the corruption that is Chicago politics.
So while I am not generally one who is willing to let charges like these go unpunished if proven true in a court of law, I’m finding myself hoping that he escapes most of the wrath. And I’m hoping beyond hope that once this is over, regardless of the outcome, he starts to go public with his knowledge, connections, and other dirty games played by Illinois Democrats, including the Daleys, Valerie Jarrett, and, not the least, Barack Obama.
That could end up being the greatest public service Rod may accomplish in his colorful political career.