Blagojevich Trial Update

August 25, 2010

From the “old news” file comes word that the corruption trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich ended in a hung jury on all but one count. The docket for the case, which includes the verdict form, is available here (1:08-CR-00888).

Blagojevich was convicted only of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a violation of 18 USCA § 1001. That charge is outlined in the Second Superseding Indictment, which is available on Westlaw at 2010 WL 1777511.

Blagojevich has been less than elusive since the verdict, appearing at such gatherings as the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con and making several television appearances. Among those appearances was an interview on Fox News Sunday, where he discussed his case and indicated that he may not be finished with politics:

“My adult life was serving the people as a congressman, as a governor. It’s what I know. I’m not very good on BlackBerries or computers or anything like that. It’s why Donald Trump fired me on Celebrity Apprentice. But no, I — I’m not ruling myself out as coming back, because I will be vindicated in this case. ”

You can read a complete transcript of the interview (broken up into two parts) by running the following search in the ALLNEWS database: BLAGOJEVICH & PR(FOX). The results are ranked in reverse-chronological order, so the interview should be at or near the top of the list.