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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Blagojevich trial starts

Today was the first day of former governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich's federal trial on 24 counts of corruption. A couple noteworthy things:

  • It took just a year and half from the time of arrest to the start of trial. I don't know what the average is for these things, but that seems pretty quick to me.
  • The photographic slide show of the defense's arrival at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago is somewhat reminiscent of the red carpet show on Oscar night. Not because these people are big time celebrities, and not because of their designer outfits. No, it's because of the way the press treats them. As tiresome as it is, I wouldn't be at all surprised if it's like that everyday.
  • This is really nothing, but I'm always struck by the fact that Rod is just a couple weeks younger than me.
  • Finally, Rod has said all along that he'll take the stand and testify in his own defense. But, I bet he does not.

Noteworthy, but minor. But that's all we got so far. Anyway, I will be following the trial, though not necessarily with my complete, undivided attention.

Posted by Marie at June 3, 2010 9:36 PM


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