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Blagojevich lawyers summoned to court tomorrow 10:30

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Reporting with Sarah Ostman


The clerk of court has sent out a note saying that lawyers in Rod Blagojevich's case are to meet at 10:30 a.m. before U.S. District Judge James Zagel.

One lawyer in the case said attorneys will discuss jury instructions on forfeiture and the official court docket also reflects that.

If Rod Blagojevich is found guilty, the government wants to seize his home and the couple's condo in Washington D.C.

They work to do that in a separate proceeding called forfeiture -- or what a defendant should have to financially hand over to the government because of his alleged crimes.

It is a matter that jurors would be asked to discuss after they deliver a verdict -- should they reach one.

Jurors, meanwhile, appear to be headed to their sixth day of deliberation on Wednesday after not making a peep today.

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I MR.JONES A FEW YEARS ALSO.I FAX OVER TO GOV.RODBERT BLAGOJEVICH, SOME CONCERN ABOUT TRUST COMPANY,BANK ,TRUSTEE AGENTS.MY QUESTION WAS WHY TRUST COMPANY. AND PEOPLE THAT HAVE POWER OF DIRECTION OF A LIVING TRUST? WILL DECEIVE AND LIE TO THE BENEFICIARIES. THE LANDTRUST COMPANY AND TRUSTEE IN CHICAGO ILL IS CORRUPTION DEALING WITH REAL ESTATE. I MR. CORNELIUS JONES HAVE SUPPORT DOCUMENT TO MY CLIAM THIS STORY. WILL SALE NEWS PAPERS 'AND WAIT UP CONSUMER. ABOUT COPPUPT TRUSTEE; IT MORE TO STORY please reply

I MR.JONES A FEW YEARS ALSO.I FAX OVER TO GOV.RODBERT BLAGOJEVICH, SOME CONCERN ABOUT TRUST COMPANY,BANK ,TRUSTEE AGENTS.MY QUESTION WAS WHY TRUST COMPANY. AND PEOPLE THAT HAVE POWER OF DIRECTION OF A LIVING TRUST? WILL DECEIVE AND LIE TO THE BENEFICIARIES. THE LANDTRUST COMPANY AND TRUSTEE IN CHICAGO ILL IS CORRUPTION DEALING WITH REAL ESTATE. I MR. CORNELIUS JONES HAVE SUPPORT DOCUMENT TO MY CLIAM THIS STORY. WILL SALE NEWS PAPERS 'AND WAIT UP CONSUMER. ABOUT COPPUPT TRUSTEE; IT MORE TO STORY please reply

It is all a dog and pony show, a deal has been had. Why did John (Barton) Thomas walk and why is his file sealed? Natasha any thoughts at the Sun-times.

The house is in Patti and Rod's name. I looked it up on www.ccrd.info under PIN Number 13-13-121-031-0000. The government can legally seize the house, but a normal creditor likely could not. I always tell people, there is one rule. Protecting your assets does not work against the government.

Vic: the government doesn't have to show he bought the house with crooked money, they have to show it was used in the illegal activity. If I'm the government, I can get forfeiture on a van a drug dealer used to run dope, even if he bought it with clean money. So, if Blago gets convicted, it would be because he did all his things in the house, and the government can take the house.

Carol Herman, the Obama home on the south side of Chicago and the Blagojevich home on the north side are not in neighborhoods that connect, unless I mistake your meaning for the word "connect."

The house in Chicago is in both Rod's and Patti's name, per the deed recorded in April 1999. As of February 2008, the nominal mortgage loan amount was $694,000.

On April 3, 2009, the U.S. of A. filed a "LIS PENDENS NOTICE." It references the litigation between the U.S. of A. as plaintiff versus Rod Blagojevich as defendant. The notice states, in relevant part: "The object thereof is to forfeit to the United States of America...the interest of defendant, ROD BLAGOJEVICH in the following decsribed real property:...[the legal description for the home on Sunnyside Avenue follows.]"

I am no lawyer, but I believe IL law endows a wife with homestead rights in the marital home. Thus, while the U.S. of A. seeks the interest of Rod Blagojevich, it is not clear that such a forfeiture would capture Patti's interest.

No worries. Patti and her daughters aren't going to miss any meals. Her multi-millionaire father will see to that.

The government prosecutors shoud be ashamed (but they never are)for even seeking forfeiture. There has been absolutely no showing that the house was purchased with illegal money. This is worse than piling on or over reaching. It is a vulgar abuse of government power. It is legalized theft.
Shame on you!

Thanks for explaining that. I do think thats a bit much. What about the fact that his children live there? Even if Patti's name isnt on it, shes the spouse and has to have a place for the kids to live. Thats the big arguement here in Arizona...send the illegal immigrants back because it hurts the children and families. Even tho being here is breaking the law. SO if Blago gets convicted, wouldnt the same apply to his family?

This is just a generalization, and I might be a little off, but forfeiture can be used when a piece of property either is used in a crime or the guilty party obtained the property through crime. So, the government would argue Blago's home was used to commit his crimes in that he did all this scheming from his home, and it's therefore subject to forfeiture. I think this usually gets used against drug dealers, but it works here too. (Even if it seems a bit like piling on to me, should Blago get convicted.)

I love this Blog! I dont quite understand why they would be able to seize his home...I must have missed something. I dont know about anyone else but this length of time taken by the jury screams "Hung Jury" to me.

First, I'm going to trust this is routine. (Why now? Because with the lag in time, the judge probably thinks something "guilty" will come down the pike.) And, Patrick Fitzgerald ... with his rolling Abraham Lincoln machine wants to jump in. And, get face time in the limelight?

What can be grabbed? What they've gotten to take from drug dealers, in the past. Even after the evidence got planted.

Does the judge just dictate this to the defense attorneys? And, they stand there, while he tries to whip them collectively on the tuchis? Who knows. It's Chicago.

And, of course, the defense attorneys also present their bills, due.

It's been an expensive gambit.

While Conrad Black, who really lives in Canada, did get some sort of Supreme Court reversal on his charges. And, his judge is still making his life miserable. And, hasn't let go of his passport.

As to the Chicago home ... Obama has one, too. The neighborhoods connect. Even if the journalistas refuse to draw you diagrams.

Judge Zagel is a hanging judge. He announces! While, I'll repeat this. Martha Stewart was charged; in the hopes her magnificent media operation would collapse. And, some disgusting pig would buy it at a nickel on the dollar.

The more Rod and Patti, and Robert Blagojevich are made to suffer; the more there's a chance most American's blood lust will fade away. Heck, it even did for Richard Nixon. (Who was his own fool.)

What if their property is in Patti's name?

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