Rod Blagojevich's New Court Tactic: Lull Jurors to Sleep
|George Ryan's hair said the same thing|
A blustery Blago vowed to take the stand in his own defense and told reporters that he's "not going to hide behind my lawyers, nor will I hide behind technicalities in the law."
He said that rather than attempt to block the FBI's wiretap recordings in which he was caught calling the senate seat "fu*king golden" from being played in court, he wants them to be heard -- all 500 hours of them.
"I'm not just going to talk the talk, I'm going to walk the walk," he told the Associated Press. "Play the tapes, play all the tapes."
Will the tactic work? Maybe in his dreams.
Blagojevich's trial is scheduled begin June 3. The Wednesday was necessary to allow the impeached Illinois governor to enter a new plea after prosecutors made a few technical charges to their corruption charges.
The AP (via the Seattle Times) explained the changes:
But prosecutors have been concerned about the previous indictment because many of the charges are based on a federal law that makes it illegal for public officials to deprive the taxpayers of their "intangible right to honest services." Critics say that the so-called honest services fraud law is vague.The new indictment does not allege any misconduct that was not previously mentioned.
Prosecutors have been concerned that the U.S. Supreme Court, which is currently reviewing the law, could erase if from the books or limit it to the point that it might not be useful in prosecuting Blagojevich.
The revised indictment, while not alleging any additional misconduct, adds eight charges that prosecutors believe will stand up in court even if the honest services law is thrown out.