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So, What's Next?



    So, What's Next?
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    CHICAGO - JULY 21: Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, with his wife Patti, speaks to the media after his defense rested their case at his trial July 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Blagojevich has been charged with corruption including accusations of trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama after Obama's November 2008 election. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    After the corruption trial of former governor Rod Blagojevich ended with a single guilty verdict on one charge and deadlocks on 23 others, lawyers for both sides found themselves faced with the proposition of planning another one.

    Almost immediately after the jury read their verdict, lead government prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said the government would retry the case.

    The prosecution could decide to try a similar case, again going after 23 corruption and fraud counts -- or they could decide to trim the slate and try a leaner case focused more on racketeering. The hung jury must be seen as something of a defeat for the government, so they could decide to change their tactics significantly.

    Perhaps this time around they’ll decide to call Antoin “Tony” Rezko and Stuart Levine as witness, two men they decided to omit from their case the first time around. The prosecution could also decide to charge Patti Blagojevich.

    Fitzgerald Enters Retrial Mode, Stresses Importance of Jury Trials

    [CHI] Fitzgerald Enters Retrial Mode, Stresses Importance of Jury Trials
    In his limited comments, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald expresses gratitude to the jury for their service.
    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010)

    On the other side of the courtroom, defense attorneys may decide to actually stage a defense. During the first run Sam Adam, Sam Adam Jr. and Sheldon Sorosky decided to stand pat following the prosecution’s case. They rested immediately.

    This time around they could call on their star-studded witness list, a docket that includes such names as Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett and Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Rod Blagojevich himself could even testify -- something he originally promised to do -- but has declined thus far to comment on that possibility.

    Sam Adam: Fitzgerald is Nuts

    [CHI] Sam Adam: Fitzgerald is Nuts
    Defense attorney Sam Adam says U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has a history of indicting people for crimes they didn't commit.
    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010)

    One thing that’s clear: the defense will be working at a decidedly lower pay rate. The Blagojevich defense fund ran out of money late last week, and now defense attorneys will have to operate on the $110-per-hour rate given to public defenders.

    Another question that will have to be answered concerns Robert Blagojevich. Will Judge Zagel allow him to be tried separately like he wanted?

    The questions will begin to be answered August 26 during the next scheduled court date.