Tag: Judge Zagel

Breaking Bad for 77 year old, downstate power broker Bill Cellini: Should he have received any jail time?

Gary Shapiro: …You know what our evidence was at trial and you know what our positions were  at sentencing, which is—for decades, Bill Cellini was:  a powerhouse downstate,  a fundraiser for, as it turned out, both parties; [A man] who had relationships with some of the most corrupt politicians Illinois has known. So, no, I... Read more »

Former Governor Rod Blagojevich likely to get 12 to 15 years from Judge Zagel tomorrow.

After about two hours of today’s sentencing hearing, it is clear that Judge Zagel will likely impose a sentence tomorrow on former Gov. Rod Blagojevich of 12 to 15 years in federal prison. Zagel was picking on Blago’s sentencing specialty lawyer Carolyn Pelling Gurland for telling the judge in her submission that “Blago came from... Read more »

Better than Chris Wallace with Keith Olbermann: Berkowitz with Jennifer Granholm on the Web and Cable

This week’s suburban edition of “Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz,” features Jennifer Granholm, Democratic Governor of Michigan from 2002 to 2010.   The show with the outspoken, articulate, attractive, good-natured and Harvard Law School trained nationally influential Democrat airs tonight on Comcast  in 24 north and northwest Chicago Metro suburbs and on Wed-Friday of this week... Read more »

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... Read more »

Blago defense counsel "strongly considering" putting Blagojevich on the stand. Blago won't testify, says former Prosecutor Safer

Defense Counsel Sheldon Sorosky and Aaron Goldstein, chatting with the media outside the Dirksen Federal building in the Chicago Loop yesterday afternoon, stated they are “strongly considering,” putting former Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich on the stand next week when the Defense puts on its case. Sorosky told Judge Zagel yesterday he anticipated the Blagojevich defense... Read more »

The Blagojevich retrial: Reading the jurors' minds and Rod's response.

The Blagojevich retrial: Reading the jurors' minds and Rod's response.
Three questions for Rod Blagojevich: If you were a juror sitting in Judge Zagel’s federal courtroom on the 25th floor of the Dirksen Building in Chicago yesterday afternoon, you probably had three questions you wanted to ask defendant and former IL Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich, as the government finished the 7th day of its case:   1.     ... Read more »

Government drops defendant Robert Blagojevich as it tries to improve its case against Rod Blagojevich.

The federal prosecutors executed the first step today in their effort to streamline, simplify and make more understandable to jurors thier case against former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Gov. Blagojevich’s brother, Robert, was dismissed this morning from the public corruption case filed by the U. S. Attorney’s office in the Northern District of Illinois.  The dismissal was ordered by Judge... Read more »