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Opposition from Chicago citizen about retrying Blagojevich, Chicago debt high enough

Message from Montie

Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at


Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich returns to his Chicago home after speaking in Springfield at his impeachment trial. (Tribune photo by Phil Velasquez / January 29, 2009)

I followed the trial. I listened to Blagojevich on numerous talk shows. I heard the tapes. And although I thought he was going to be found guilty, I raised an eyebrow when he was only found guilty of 1 out of 24 counts. But after all the drama of the case, I simply don't want him to be retried again. Enough is enough.

While the juror who refused to find Blagojevich is still silent about her decision, other jurors are on Chicago news stations explaining their views. I was not in the courtroom and don't know what made certain jurors think he was not guilty on certain charges. I do think he was trying to sell the Senate seat, but the trial is over and should be over for good.


Blagojevich couldn't be found for several months to pay for storage and yesterday his Elvis collection and political memorabilia was put on an auction block, including a $20,500 six-foot statue of Elvis. As much as that guy loves Elvis, I know that had to hurt. But if he can't pay to keep that, how is he going to pay for a second trial? And why should Chicago foot the bill?

Click here to read more of my view on Chicago debt and the Blagojevich trial.

Click here to read about the results from the trial and how other Chicagoans felt about the court case.

Click here to find out how to take photos with Blagojevich and get an autograph should you want to meet him in person.



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