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Defiant Blago: Trial a Big Waste of Money

They threw 'the kitchen sink' at me and failed
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2010 6:33 PM CDT
Defiant Blago: Trial a Big Waste of Money
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, departs the Federal Court building.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Newser) – Because federal prosecutors got Rod Blagojevich on only 1 of 24 counts, we get to do this all over again. Let the posturing begin, as rounded up by the Chicago Tribune:

  • Rod Blagojevich: "The government threw everything but the kitchen sink at me, and on every charge but one they could not prove that I broke any laws except one, a nebulous charge from five years ago." And as to that conviction: "I did not lie to the FBI. I told the truth from the very beginning."
  • Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald: "We intend to retry those charges. That's it."

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  • Blago attorney Sam Adam Sr, referring to Fitzgerald: "This guy is nuts."
  • Blago attorney Sam Adam Jr: "Why are we spending $25 to $30 million on a retrial when they couldn't prove it the first time?"
  • Blago brother Robert: "I have felt like this has been a slow bleed from the beginning, both financially, emotionally and otherwise. But I can tell you what, I feel strong."
  • Blago himself again: "We have a prosecutor who has wasted and wanted to spend tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money to take me away from my family and my home."
(Read more Blagojevich trial stories.)

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