On Monday, spectators lined up in the wee hours of the morning,
hoping to watch federal prosecutors get their first full day of
cross-examination of former governor Rod Blagojevich. Blago-watchers
were expecting similar fireworks from Thursday, when prosecutor Reid
Schar opened up the cross with a bang, asking right off the bat, “You
are a convicted liar, correct?” While he remained cool under pressure,
the questioning was intense and cracks in the Blagojevich defense’s
armor began to show.
After starting late due to technical issues,
the prosecution proceeded to lay out the step- by-step method by which
they allege Blagojevich’s pay-to-play scheming for favors and funding.
The day started with taped conversations of Blagojevich discussing
filling Rahm Emanuel’s congressional seat, timing of those decisions
over the Tony Rezko sentencing, Valerie Jarrett’s role in the White
House and any possible quid pro quo about appointing her as Senator, and
all the various things that Blagojevich may have been wanting to
“trade” for these various positions.
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