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Blago Trial: Daily Journal 7/13

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Follow the Ward Room twitter feed, with action from inside the courtroom. 

    What to expect today: FBI agent Daniel cain will testify to Blagojevich's extraordinary legal bills.  The governor allegedly had $1.2 million in expenses months before the feds started investigating him.  
     
    Also, John Wyma, Blago's former congressional chief of staff will testify  about his boss's penchant for trading legislation for money and favors. The prosection has signaled it could rest its case today.
     
    9:45 am

    10:09 am 

     

    Prosecutors say today they will play a tape from Nov, 10, 2008, where Rod Blagojevich speculates about announcing he will not seek re-election, to avoid impeachment.  [Read the Full Story]

    10:27 am 

    If the prosecution rests today, the judge says he will not resume testimony until Monday. 

    Prosecutors showed the jury video of Rod Blagojevich taking the oath of office in 2003 and again in 2007, vowing to uphold the constitutions of the United States and the state of Illinois, and to "faithfully discharge the office of governor."

    They also established that he was a Cook County Prosecutor at one time.

    12:09 pm

    Former Blagojevich loyalist John Wyma is now on the stand.  Things are much more tense as this latest Blagojevich loyalist testifies.  At one point, Patti Blagojevich furiously wrote something on a legal pad and passed it to the defense table.

    12:30 pm

    Wyma has testified that he was told to even be considered for business at Teachers' Retirement Sustem, an investment firm needed to kick in $50,000 to the governor's campaign fund. 

    "I thought it was wrong!  Obviously wrong!"

    Wyma says he was aware of a shakedown of a Chicago school.  That thee governor discussed q similar shakedown associates with the tollway with him as well.  And then a similar attempt with Children's Hospital.  It was after that, that he said he became outraged with what was happening. 

    "I was very uncomfortable that there was a pending state action and fundraising at the same time."

    Around that time, Wyma said he started assisting the FBI, but he stopped short of wearing a wire on his former boss.

    2:46 pm

    On cross examination, defense lawyer Sheldon Sorosky established that Wyma at one time represented Provena Hospitals before the health facilities planning board, and got help on a matter before the board from Tony Rezko.  That is the reason he was already scheduled to speak to the FBI, when he took them the matter involving Blagojevich.

    Sorosky suggested that this was Wyma's motivation to cooperate. He was essentially trying to save his own skin on an unrelated matter.

    Tuesday Morning Blagojevich Coverage:
     
    Blago, for once, was at a loss for words when he found out feds were taping him. [New York Daily News]
     
    Musing on the power of a Senator Oprah. [L.A. Times]
     
    Blago's lawyers want a right to a slow and steady trial.  [Ward Room]
     
    Previous Journals:
     
    Monday, July 12 Journal -- Tedius Cross of Greenlee
     
    *** WEEK FIVE ***
     
    Thursday, July 8 Journal -- Governing From a Bathroom Stall

    Wednesday, July 7 Journal -- Jesse Jr. Comes Out

    Tuesday, July 6 Journal -- Bullsh**ters Galore

    *** WEEK FOUR ***

    Thursday, July 1 Journal -- The Governor's New Clothes

    Wednesday, June 30 Journal -- Scofield's Scapegoat

    Tuesday, June 29 Journal -- Tom Balanoff talks about Valerie Jarrett

    Monday, June 28 Journal -- "She's a Kingmaker"

    *** WEEK THREE ***

    Thursday, June 24 Journal -- "Appreciation?  F*** them!"
       

    Wednesday, June 23 Journal -- The Prince of Darkness Emerges

    Tuesday, June 22 Journal -- Strategizing for a Senate Deal

    Monday, June 21 Journal -- Track Owner Johnston Testifies

    *** WEEK TWO ***

    Thursday, June 17 Journal -- Ali Ata Takes the Stand

    Wednesday, June 16 Journal -- Joseph Cari Talks 

    Tuesday, June 15 Journal -- Adam Calls Monk a Liar

    Monday, June 14 Journal -- Monk's Cross Exam Begins

    *** WEEK ONE ***

    Thursday, June 10  Journal -- Monk's Cash Deal

    Wednesday, June 9 Journal -- First Witnesses

    Tuesday, June 8 Journal -- Opening Statements