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Although Blagojevich is an unsympathetic petitioner, the court should hear his case. The disputed jury instructions pose risks to honest. Rod Blagojevich was convicted of 18 crimes after two jury trials. . But a problem in the way the instructions told the jury to consider the evidence requires us to. All of what follows comes from the Government’s page proposed jury instructions to the Court, filed July 21 (Rod Blagojevich didn’t file.

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From fish and chips to shepherd’s pie and bread pudding, the city’s pubs have your cravings covered. Firefighter Injured As Blaze Sweeps Through Justice Apartment Building A firefighter was injured, and dozens of people were forced out of their homes, when a huge fire raged through an apartment building Sunday night in southwest suburban Justice. However, if a public official demands, solicits, seeks, or asks for, directly or indirectly, or agrees to instrutcions money or property, believing that it would be given in exchange for a specific requested exercise of his official power, he has committed bribery, even if the money or property is to be given to the official in the form of a campaign contribution.

In order for the government to demonstrate a scheme to defraud the public of its right to the honest services of a public official, only one participant in such scheme must owe a duty of honest services to the public. I am jurry that we are not all in jail.

Why is it even in these closing arguments except to give Blago grounds for an appeal if he is convicted. Want the intel on Chicago’s buzziest dining hotspots? Didn’t the Supreme Court throw out all this “honest services” stuff except when there was actual bribery?

Moreover, the predicate acts must be related and amount to, or pose a threat of, continued criminal activity. The Government says it must show either: If a defence lawyer offers instructiosn witness money to testify that his client is innocent, that is bribery. Instrutcions pages, online and free, sorry I don’t to have the link handy. A defendant may act corruptly even if he is only partially motivated by the expectation or desire for reward.


They probably reason, Is there a mafia? As I see it, the first two big problems for the government’s case are 1 a the enterprise and b the continuity elements and 2 the conspiracy to commit racketeering. For example, an arson ring can be a RICO enterprise, as can a small business or government agency. They might not have said “let’s get Obama”, but they surely had the thought “wouldn’t it be nice, come the midterms, to have this albatross to hang blsgojevich Obama’s neck.

Also, according to the Government: Did I say I have orchids? But everyone knows campaign contributions are about buying access and favorable decisions. The aiding and abetting is going to very important for Robert Blagojevich.

So, what is being jjury to be a crime is, in reality, the way politics is done – soliciting and encouraging people to make campaign contributions and twisting arms to pull that off.

A pattern of racketeering activity is a continuing pattern of As to the first, the enterprise, it’s a mess. Jnstructions Blago’s fiduciary duty to the public? And if it turns out he’s in on this, so much the juryy. Among the 20 charges against Blagojevich are 10 counts of wire fraud, most of which are directly related to the allegation that he tried to sell or trade a U.

It’s what they should do. In August Blagojevich was found guilty on one charge of giving a false statement to federal agents. Wow, that’s a twisted way to rationalize sending someone to jail because you don’t like his or face. To make a RICO case, Fitz had to come up with other stuff, because a one-time thing will, by definition, fail to meet the continuity element. This case is a lot more nuanced, particularly as to the enterprise. To back up, I sat down one time and parsed the RICO statute and came up with something like 10 “essential elements”, and that’s not counting the essential elements in the predicate acts.


I don’t see it as a case where a conviction is a slam-dunk. Was this guy a member of it? As to the interstate commerce element, the Government defines it as: What are the racketeering acts he’s charged with?

Blagojevich Jury Asks For Clarification Of Key Instruction

I remember a RICO case Instruchions read 15 or 20 years ago where the prosecution alleged the Tennessee Governor’s office was the racketeering enterprise, as they were alleged to be selling pardons. It is sufficient if the public official knew that the thing of value was offered with the intent to exchange the thing of value for the performance of the official act.

THIS is where we are putting 5. Login Make a new account Existing Users Username: A prosecutor can credibly threaten a middle-aged man that he will die in a cell unless he gives evidence against his boss. So for Blago, it wasn’t Fitz on his own, he had approval for it.

Blagojevich Jury Asks For Clarification Of Key Instruction « CBS Chicago

It is not necessary that the misrepresentation, false statement, false pretense, or concealment actually have that influence or be relied on by the public, so long as it had the potential or capability to do so. After a brief conference with prosecutors and defense attorneys, U. All of what follows comes from the Government’s page proposed jury instructions to the Court, filed July 21 Rod Blagojevich didn’t file written instructions this week, and Robert’s lawyer only filed five pages of instructions, which I’ll discuss later or in another post.

A “pattern” may be comprised of any combination of two or more of these state or federal crimes committed within a statutorily prescribed time period.

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