The Rod Blagojevich verdict is in and the jury was able to reach a verdict on only one count, guilty of lying to the FBI. All other counts resulted in a mistrial. The prosecution reportedly will retry Blago on the other counts.
Will we hear from Tony Rezko next time around? How about Giannoulias? Rahm, Valerie, others?
Unless there is something fatally flawed about what Rezko would say if they put him on the stand, look for the Feds to hold nothing back this time and shoot all the bullets they have, up front.
UPDATED: The Chicago Tribune, for some odd reason, tries to whitewash Alexi Giannoulias' connection between Obama and Blago concerning the Senate seat appointment, back when senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett was interested. Here's a more accurate represenation of what really happened. Remember now? We do. Let's see if this issue gets the attention it deserves in Round 2.
UPDATED x2 08/18/10 7:00 a.m.: Here's the Trib's editorial from this morning's paper, salivating for a second trial in the name of justice. In a related story, SOS Jesse White is worried about the fallout for Dems this fall:
"I just hope the people of the state of Illinois will not judge the members of the Democratic Party by the ills of the one individual," said Secretary of State Jesse White, who's running for a fourth term Nov. 2.
Yeah, Jesse. Because the Dems would never seek guilt by association by painting all Republicans as George Bush clones. Would never happen.
Senator Dick Durbin is worried for the skin of Dems, as well, especially Alexi:
“Let’s be honest, we’ve had two governors of opposite political parties who have faced prosecution for misconduct in office,” Durbin said. “And I think that most voters, although they’re probably down on most politicians, will judge candidates as individuals.”
Somebody better send Ellen of the Tenth the memo. But she apparently isn't even aware there was a trial and verdict yesterday, with more to come.