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And we -- speaking moments ago about the conviction yesterday of Rod Blagojevich the former governor of Illinois and joining us right now we're going to have the wheel of justice.
And that no matter how they.
-- thank you as always for joining -- -- -- actually.
I wasn't surprised I was actually surprised when the first verdict came out when he was found pretty much not guilty of -- I think all but one count -- is found the right 124.
Out of place -- an end and the jury was hung on most of the others and that's where he was retried.
What happened this time I think is the prosecution took the case took that the gist of the case and put it to the jury a lot quicker a lot neater.
I was explain this to my fourteen year old daughter tooth and said you know how could mom it's different from went on to the other night that well because when you're doing your prosecute need to tell a story.
And when you're telling a story about this former governor -- tell a story about what -- set on these tapes you know play the tapes explain the law and then leave it.
You know they they added so much last time that I let I think it left the jury -- the -- a little bit confused as to whether or not it actually committed a crime.
You know how many steps did have to take to actually do something that was criminal as opposed to just hear you and I -- you're talking about a we'd like to do this but we wouldn't take any steps to do it.
Here didn't they made their case a lot easier and I don't know if you saw the jury conference -- the interviews afterwards in the jurors were sort of holding talks.
It's really impressed.
By the way they said you know we didn't.
Look at he's very colorful guy right that you don't was -- with -- very likable.
But we didn't go with whether we like to hammered didn't like him break we went with the law which is of course but the jury supposed to do.
But I think by the by the prosecution kind of tying it up and you know blue -- if you will.
It made it a lot easier for this jury panel yeah it was it was all women except one right eleven women -- yeah let us smarter you know.
Did I yeah yeah.
Yeah I don't know what I'm so it's -- bit.
Intelligent thoughtful jewelry -- really we're going by the fact.
That's they didn't convict on all or quit on all right they actually convicted on seventeen.
And they were hung on to write and acquitted on one right which shows that they took each and every count individually and as you very carefully to figure out what ten days of me -- -- -- that was a long time.
Just gonna make it more difficult on appeal because.
The last thing you want to -- prosecutors have that -- have the verdict come back for you.
You know in twenty minutes or less because this -- especially in it at a complex case like this where again the prosecution did a great job keeping it simple.
But they still needed to go through that he did elicit those tapes -- needed to go through the evidence needed talk about.
Whether what he did.
Matched criminality -- just don't like going into a bank and waving a gun okay we can all agree that that's criminal but at what point.
Is talking about doing something that could be illegal.
Enough right and that's where they hung on a couple of them but I just talking about it really wasn't enough he didn't take it over step and so they couldn't -- -- yet you know it's.
-- more than two years since his last violent he has been.
-- there are ever since I got -- -- his innocence to anyone who would listen and break there was no concern about this tainting a jury pool this time around.
You know well remember he fired his first group.
The lawyers and instead hired -- Atlanta PR people and then came to here to new York and did the you know where he thought he was gonna make headway.
It's a little bit unusual for a high profile defense the defendant to do that.
But you're talking about blog out on me you know this is the guy with the hair -- -- goes up jogging and we'd like to pressed it to really watch him.
Right that's sort of his persona his personality.
And as good a lawyer as you might -- If your defense lawyers as -- you can't you know what's gonna babysit him 24 hours today just how much you can do about that but he did see in a press conference yesterday he said.
It's really not a whole lot sending notes on -- online but to say well.
-- will just say something though the sentencing break and that's going to be coming up any better say.
-- accept responsibility -- I'm sorry for the judge will have no.
We course really but -- up his penalty right.
So -- mentioning earlier that.
You know within this many convictions in this many -- He -- I thinks I saw someone saying put away for something like 300 years reading reality it'll probably be what do you think.
Well of course I mean we all like to see wealthy stack them all up and they all run concurrently incident could you know consecutive excuse me senate currently which won't happen until -- We'll run them mom concurrently.
You know they can be 300 years -- prefer a great headline but I realities of course that's not gonna happen.
Maybe ten years I know the people of -- -- to twenty.
It will allot -- and will depend on the sentencing right here either -- -- and appeal but will -- say at that sentencing.
I accept responsibility.
Was for my fault -- put the whole state through this I put the whole system through two trials.
I'm so sorry -- -- -- miracle but don't punish me my family you know beyond race you please show some leniency if you really fall on the sword.
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