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What's Next for the Blagojevich Case?

As reported in the previous post, after deliberating for two weeks on 24 counts of corruption against former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, a federal jury reached a decision on just one count Tuesday and the judge ordered a mistrial for the other charges. Prosecutors have already said they will retry Blagojevich and have already been planning their next approach.

Trial watchers have said that there are a number of things that could change this time around. One thing that won't change is the visibility in the media of the case and the high cost. One thing that will change is prosecutors' approach to explaining and laying out their case for jurors. Jurors complained that the case was overly complicated and the overlapping charges related to racketeering, extortion, and fraud difficult to sort out.

Prosecutors may also bring in more witnesses this time around. Witnesses could include high-ranking members of the Obama administration, such as White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Other witnesses could include convicted political fixers Tony Rezko and Stuart Levine, but both carry the risk of being seen as unreliable by jurors.

According to an article by the Associated Press, it is likely that federal prosecutors will persist until they convict their man. Blagojevich may have less defense attorneys this time around because he is running out of money. During the last trial, his defense attorneys rested their case without presenting a witness. Depending on what prosecutors do this time around, they may present witnesses, including Blagojevich himself. 


Blagojevich retrial looms; will it be different? (Associated Press)

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