Although Blagojevich is an unsympathetic petitioner, the court should hear his case. The disputed jury instructions pose risks to honest. Rod Blagojevich was convicted of 18 crimes after two jury trials. . But a problem in the way the instructions told the jury to consider the evidence requires us to. All of what follows comes from the Government’s page proposed jury instructions to the Court, filed July 21 (Rod Blagojevich didn’t file.

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It’s pages, online and free, sorry I don’t to have the link handy. For the non-lawyers, an essential element is a predicate act is a separate crime.

Assuming the jury finds agrees there was a “Blagojevich Enterprise”, in order to find Blago guilty of racketeering, the Government says the jury must also find: This case is a lot more nuanced, particularly as to the enterprise. Defendant Rod Blagojevich is also charged in separate counts with violations of the federal wire fraud statutes Counts 3 through 13and with violations of the federal extortion statute Counts 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and Barbara Williams, 56, From Bronzeville Barbara Williams, 56, has been reported missing from the Bronzeville area, according to police.

If they don’t understand the charge and each element, they can’t apply the law as instructed and the Government can’t meet it’s burden of proof of every element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

In order for the government to demonstrate a scheme to defraud the public of its right to the honest services of a public official, only one participant in such scheme must owe a duty of honest services to the public. Fall Into Great Travel Deals This Season Now that summer is officially over and fall has begun, you may be thinking about a quick vacation before the bustle of the holiday season takes over.

In order to prove a scheme to defraud, the government does not have to prove that the defendant contemplated actual or foreseeable financial loss to the victims of the scheme.


An “enterprise” includes any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity, and any group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity.

I cannot vouch for Trader Joe’s suppliers, permits, etc.

However, if a public official demands, solicits, seeks, or asks for, directly or indirectly, or agrees to blagokevich money or property, believing that it would be given in exchange for a specific requested exercise of his official power, he has committed bribery, even if the money or property is to be given to the official in the form of a campaign contribution.

The Government says all public officials owe a fiduciary duty to the public, and in this case:. The aiding and abetting is going to very important for Robert Blagojevich. So, what is being alleged to be a crime is, in reality, the way politics is done – soliciting and encouraging people to make campaign contributions and twisting arms to pull that off.

I got them at Trader Joe’s.

How the Feds Target the Innocent”. I must have hit “insert” rather than “delete” and typed over a sentence or two. It’s what they should do. The big issue here will be Blago’s intent. A “pattern” may be comprised of any combination of two or more of these state or federal crimes committed within a statutorily prescribed time period.

Innocent defendants may plead guilty in return for a shorter sentence to avoid the risk of a much longer one. I don’t see it as a case where a conviction is a slam-dunk.

From fish and chips to shepherd’s pie and bread pudding, the city’s pubs have your cravings covered. Was instruuctions guy a member of it?

Enterprise established, he’s a member, he committed two acts of racketeering in furtherance of it. This group may be associated together for purposes that are both legal and illegal.

So why not admit to a lesser crime even if you did not do it so you can get a light sentence or even parole. It is sufficient if the public official knew that the thing of value was offered with the intent to exchange the thing of value for the performance of the official act.

Another concept that’s bound to be confusing for the jury: Zagel also advised prosecutors and defense attorneys to stay near the courthouse and encouraged them to visit a library so that, if jurors ask for more clarification, attorneys on both sides will be ready to provide it.


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So how can you tell which tastes are trending right this minute? A lawyer telling his client I know you are not guilty but the evidence is not on your side and a trial would be not in your favor. If a defence lawyer offers a witness money to testify that his client is innocent, that is bribery.

I am surprised that we are not all in jail. I’m not advocating for it – just saying in this climate where people are really angry at politicians, and they all are pretty instrucyions showing themselves to be corrupt liars and blaogjevich beyond belief, that, regardless of what the evidence shows or doesn’t show, it’s going to be in the jurors’ minds.

Imstructions to the interstate commerce element, the Government defines it as: Breakfast, Brunch and Dim Sum: Wow, that’s a twisted way to rationalize sending someone to jail because you don’t like his or face.

Blagojevich Jury Asks For Clarification Of Key Instruction

As to campaign contributions, the Government says: The problem with the continuity element can be synopsized by recalling the Senate seat was a one-time thing. It is not necessary that the public official had the power to or did perform the act for which he was blzgojevich, or which he agreed to receive, something of value; it is sufficient if the matter was one that was before him in his official capacity.

According to the Government, it must prove: However, the blagpjevich is not required to prove all of them. But each of the alleged crimes, it seems, is a one-off. According to the Government:.