Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich(D) was found guilty of 1 count of lying to a Federal Officer on Tuesday. The jury in US Federal District Court of Northern Illinois in Downtown Chicago deadlock on the other 23 counts against Blago.
The former Governor feels vindicated. “The government threw everything but the kitchen sink at me, and on every charge but one, they could not prove that I broke any laws except one, a nebulous charge from five years ago,” he told a crush of reporters at the Dirksen Federal Building this afternoon. “I did not lie to the FBI. I told the truth from the very beginning.”
“We have a prosecutor who has wasted and wanted to spend tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money to take me away from my family and my home,” he continued, accusing the government of persecuting him.
Blagojevich attorney Sam Adam, Sr. blasted the lead federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald.”This guy Fitzgerald is a master at indicting people for noncriminal activity,” he said. “This guy is nuts.”
“Lincoln is rolling over in his grave,” Adam Sr. continued, his voice rising. “[Fitzgerald] set the press against this man and, for 1 1/2 years, we have had to contend with the press.
“This is one of those situations where he villified the defendant so bad in the press that when the case started…[we] had to go to Ace Hardware and find a ladder to climb up to the bottom,” he yelled.
Blago’s other attorney Sam Adam, Jr said, Another Blagojevich attorney, Sam Adam Jr. implored reporters to ask Fitzgerald one question: “Why are we spending $25 to $30 million on a retrial when they couldn’t prove it the first time?”
“We didn’t even put a defense on, and the government couldn’t prove his case,” he said, adding that prosecutors “have to ask themselves, ‘Is this worth it?’ ”
Federal Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald the government will retry the case.
“We intend to retry those charges,” Fitzgerald said. “So for all practical purposes, we are in the mode of being close to jury selection for a retrial.
“That’s it,” he added, cutting off questions.
On the lone count of Lying to a federal officer could land Blago up to five years in Federal Prison.
Just last week the jury in the case said it deadlocked on most counts. The judge order the Jury to continue deliberating. But to no avail.