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Blagojevich trial: Courthouse quiet for jury instructions; deliberations expected to start today

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki

After all the commotion of the past few days, the Dirksen federal courthouse seems like an absolute ghost town today.

On the 25th floor, Rod and Patti Blagojevich emerged from the elevator holding hands. One supporter clapped weakly in the hallway.

"Where did everybody go?" the ex-governor asked, scanning the thin crowd. "Jury instructions," he said, smiling.

Jury instructions -- where jurors are given a list of legal definitions and rules to help them with their deliberations -- are expected to start a little later. It certainly doesn't have the pizazz of a Sam Jr. closing argument, but this set of decisions can have a big impact on the outcome of a case.

First, before the jury is seated, attorneys will hash out which exhibits -- transcripts, documents and other evidence from the trial -- the jurors will be allowed to bring into deliberations. They may quibble over some items.

We're expecting defense attorneys to give a statement later. It's Sam Adam Jr.'s birthday.

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Chicago theater offers great musicals. I wouldn't be surprised if this trial becomes a musical in the very near future. It would make great theater. All kidding aside, as a Wisconsin citizen, we too have our crosses to bear with our own governor.

The only chance we have of getting honest politicians is to continue to charge and jail ALL offenders. The days of looking the other way are over. Taxpayers have had enough of the greed. Politicians don't rule a kingdon, they are only elected officials who fulfill a term. Voters still have the final say-so on who they retain or replace. The biggest problem is voter apathy and laziness. People don't want to be bothered with researching information. They have come to rely on name recognition when choosing an office holder.

Mary, I know it took a lot of effort for you to put together 19 words in capital letters. It would be fascinating for you to actually present an argument, and evidence, to support your question marks and exclamation points. You must also be a big fan of keeping this country in the past, and I bet there was a vote for George Bush somewhere in there too...yeah, probably? I haven't forgotten who Obama took with him, and I am not a here to claim that the White House isn't a bit corrupt. I think the point of my statements took off over your head and are most likely sailing out to sea.


It is certainly funny to think that after the George Ryan incident, once again, here we are dealing with yet another criminal politician. Illinois really hasn't changed much over the decades. With the exception of President Obama, and First Lady Michelle, there has been very little worthwhile legislation passed, and virtually no one who had decided to make a concerted effort to change the political landscape. As we have seen with Obama's administration (in which I am a fan of), the old corrupt way of doing things still resonates quite loudly. That is apparent with the difficulty he has had in trying to find a middle ground between parties. Even though Illinois is a typically a blue state, we have a billionaire mayor in the city of chicago whose convinced he's a king, and yet another former governor who have virtually no consideration for the people he works for. That being the citizens of the state, those who are equally responsible for putting him in power. Regardless of the jury's decision, things will remain essentially the same. A great writer once said "We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws." We have to make better choices, and then and only then will the people we choose make this world a better place.

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