The legal community is weighing on on the trial of impeached governor Rod Blagojevich. The question- did he actually commit any crimes? One side claims his intent to commit crimes was clear and evident. The other states intent is not enough. No crimes were actually committed. No harm. No foul. Blago’s only crime is being an overly talkative, vulgar, and insufferable egomaniac.
However, one former prosecutor equates the charges against Blago to attempted murder. The actual murder does not have to occur to be charged with or convicted of the crime. All that is needed is intent and steps in furtherance of the crime. The tapes and testimony demonstrate plenty of intent and steps in furtherance.
It appears Blago’s attorneys are going for what is referred to as the J– –f defense. They will put Blagojevich on the stand. They will paint him and he will paint himself as a j– –f. A profane, loudmouth, braggart and buffoon. There will be descriptions of various machinations, schemes, and plots. But, and this is a big but, he did not commit any crimes. He never followed through with his plans. Rod Blagojevich was nothing more than a very imaginative dreamer, braggart, and over achiever with a very colorful vocabulary.
Will it work? Juries are fickle. They can let heinous criminals walk free and find guilt with the least culpable. The trial is not over yet. The Feds normally do not go to trial unless they have a better than even chance of prevailing. They prefer a totally stacked deck.
This being Chicago, the track record is pretty good for convictions. So, what do you think? Will the jury take Blago down? Is he guilty? Or did the Feds overplay their hand this time?