Public Affairs-Blagojevich marathon on Cable and internet-- can Rod avoid more prison time?

Today's Blago-Public Affairs marathon 


Today's Public Affairs-Rod Blagojevich marathon features four consecutive episodes of the TV show, "Public Affair with Jeff Berkowitz," focusing on the federal Chicago retrial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich,  54.  The case went to the jury (eleven women - including three minority jurors and one man) last Friday. The  jurors, after deliberating for five days, are taking a three day weekend and will resume their efforts on Monday at 9:00 am. to reach a  unanimous decision on each count of the 20 count indictment. 


The arrest, impeachment and conviction of Blago; Rosty and Mell   


Blago was convicted last summer in his first trial by the Feds  of "lying to the FBI."   The jury was hung on the remaining 23 counts of the indictment, both as to Hot Rod and as to those counts involving his brother, Robert.  The Feds filed a superseding indictment that dropped Rod's brother, Robert, as a defendant and included twenty counts, alleging public corruption by the former Governor, who was arrested on December 7, 2008 and removed from office on January 29, 2009 by a state senate impeachment vote of 59-0.


The Democratic Governor, Blagojevich, served six years in that office before his impeachment conviction and six years as Illinois congressman from the  5th Congressional district (AKA Chicago's or Daley's District)-- a seat held by the powerful Democratic Ways and Means Chairman, the late Dan Rostenkowski-- for thirty five years before he lost to one term Republican Congressman Michael Flanigan after Rosty, himself, was indicted and subsequently convicted  of public corruption charges.  


Prior to his congressional election, Blagojevich served four years in the Illinois State House. Rod received substantial help getting elected, to each of the offices he held, from his now estranged  father-in-law, Dick Mell, the powerful Chicago  Alderman from the 33rd Ward.


Blago facing 7 to 10 years of hard tme?


Rod Blagojevich faces 1 to 5 years of prison time for his conviction in the first trial  of "lying to the FBI." He will  be sentenced after a verdict is reached in the second trial. If convicted on at least several additional counts in  the second triual, it is expected by knowledgeable former federal prosecutors, e.g., Jeffrey Cramer (now head of Kroll's Chicago office)  and Ron Safer (now Managing Partner at Schiff Hardin), that  Northern  Illinois federal district court Judge, James Zagel, will sentence him to 7 to 10 years of prison time. 


Featured Guests:  ABC-7 News' Paul Meincke, Chicago Tonight's Elizabeth Brackett, WBEZ's Rob Wildeboer and Ex- Federal Prosecutor Dean Polales    


The Public Affairs marathon, hosted by Jeff Berkowitz, features ABC-7 News' Paul Meincke at 10:00 am, Chicago Tonight's (Ch.11) Elizabeth Brackett at 10:30 am, WBEZ's (91.5 FM Radio) Rob Wildeboer at 11:00 am and ex federal prosecutor Dean Polales at 11:30 am. The programs all air on Cable Ch. 21 (CANTV) throughout the City of Chicago. The programs give the different perspective of the guests at the times they were taped and assess whether Rod can beat the rap.  The guests debate and discuss the issues with show host Jeff Berkowitz. 


Legal and Public Policy issues and Political Personalities  discussed in  the Blagojevich Marathon: Illegal Quid Pro Quos, FBI takedowns, 5th Amendment,

Obama, Emanuel, Jackson,  Jr. , Mike Madigan, Lisa Madigan and Mell


The legal and public policy issues discussed in the Blagojevich Marathon programs include, among others, how the first and second Blago trials differ, the five alleged Quid Pro Quos (trading of the power of the Governor's office for personal gain) and the involvement in the trial (by prior action or reference in  the trial testimony) of  President Obama  (The "President to be" called SEIU boss  Tom Balanoff on the eve of the presidential election to request that Balanoff contact Blagojevich regarding the appointment of Obama's long time friend, supporter and adviser- Valerie Jarrett- to Obama's Senate Seat), Mayor Emanuel's trial testimony and his involvement in two of the five Quid Pro Quos alleged by the Government, Rod Blagojevich's contemplated deal with Speaker Mike Madigan  to get Rod's proposed legislation passed by the General Assembly as part of an arrangement by which Attorney General Lisa Madigan  would be appointed to Obama's Senate Seat (a legal deal, if made?), Cong. Jesse Jackson's testimony and activities relating to the Blagojevich's alleged attempt to sell Obama's U. S. Senate seat and Jackson's efforts to obtain that seat, and ambush interviews at "takedowns," by the FBI and U. S. Attorneys'  office of Blagojevich; Blago's then Chief-of-Staff, John Harris; and roadbuilder honcho, Jerry Krozol; and others intended to get confessions and "lock." the individual into specific statements about the case before they are "mirandized," "and "lawyer up."          


If you miss any portion of the Public Affairs Blagojevich marathon, you can watch each of the 30 minutes marathon shows here, at any time, by clicking the appropriate episode, listed in descending chronological order (Paul Meincke is the episode listed on top, with the picture of Berkowitz).  You can also choose to watch any of the last 200 episodes of Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz.  The show has been airing on CANTV for more than a decade, featuring politicians and others involved in Public Policy formation, reporting and analysis.


Watching the Blagojevich Marathon, anytime,  on the Web


You can also go directly, anytime, to the Meincke show (taped on  May 28), Brackett show (taped on June 5), Wildeboer show (taped on June 12) or Polales show (taped on June 12).  


Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz has been airing for more than a decade on Mondays at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21  throughout the City of Chicago  and it will resume airing at that time slot on July 4 (Celebrate July 4 with a bang by watching political and public policy fireworks that evening and every Monday after that on Public Affairs).                  


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