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Week 9: Now It's Up to the Jury

BY JACK CONATY

The prosecution has had its last word.

The defense has had its last emotional appeal.

But as the trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich heads into jury deliberations, the cliché about Blago 2.0 being the streamlined version of the government’s first case seems to ring hollow.

Indeed, Blago 2.0 remains complex, complicated, nuanced and murky.

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Week 8: Blago on the Defensive

BY JACK CONATY

This will be the determinative week in Blago 2.0. Or it won’t. Anyone who claims to know that for sure is just guessing. Judge James Zagel doesn’t know, the prosecutors don’t know, the defense doesn’t know and those of us covering the trial most certainly do not know.

What we can say with some degree of certainty is it will be volatile.

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Week Two: Guilty Crook or Innocent Big Mouth?

______________________________________________________________________________________The The second trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is underway in federal court and the BGA will be monitoring and commenting on an ongoing basis. Among those helping to shine a light on the trial and assessing its impact on government is Andy Shaw, CEO and President of the BGA, and veteran political journalist Jack Conaty, whose posts will appear periodically on this page.
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BY JACK CONATY

MAY 3, 2011 - Reduced to its essence in opening arguments, this trial will hinge on whether the jury believes Rod Blagojevich “betrayed the people of Illinois” or that it’s an exercise in “the sound, and the fury, signifying nothing,”

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