A federal jury convicted Rod Blagojevich of sweeping corruption, ending the political drama that brought another popular politician! Blagojevich’s response, “Frankly, I’m stunned!” Blagojevich then stated, “There’s not much left to say other than we want to get home to our little girls and talk to them and explain things to them and try to sort things out.”
In its 10th day of deliberations, the jury convicted Blagojevich of several shakedown attempts, including allegations that he brazenly tried to sellPresidentBarack Obama’s oldU.S. Senate seat. The decisive verdict came less than a year after the first jury to hear the case found him guilty of one criminal charge but deadlocked on the rest. It appears the prosecution learned from the first trial as they concluded with a prosecution win on the second.
Facing a lengthy prison term, Blagojevich will now have to face reality in a new world. But, what do you make of his comment, “Frankly, I’m stunned?” How can one be so caught up in the illusion of innocence when the facts or guilt seem so obvious?
A news report stated: “Likewise, there was an oddly schizophrenic nature to the Blagojevich defense, both the one he waged in court and the one he waged with vocal and strident indignation in the media. Almost in the same breath, the Blagojevich narrative portrayed him as a paragon of ethics and a wheeling-dealing practitioner of politics as usual in a system he frequently decried as corrupt.”
Is it possible that Blagojevich lacked the capacity to understand ethics? Is it possible that, in a twisted way, Blagojevich felt, like many, that business as usual was ethical and quite acceptable?
The Media report went on to say related to the sentence as it was read:
He eventually mouthed the words “I love you” toward his wife, who was in the first row crying and leaning on her brother. Moments after the jury left the room, Blagojevich embraced her and cradled her head, telling her it would be all right.
The trial exhibited multiple Blagojevich personalities, the manic and almost desperate-sounding schemer heard on wiretaps; the strident and outraged everyman fighting the system that came out in multiple media appearances following his arrest; and the humble, polite and modest presence on the witness stand before jurors.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE BLAGOJEVICH TRIAL AND VERDICT?