Blagojevich motion for retrial, July 26, 2011, Judicial bias by Judge James Zagel, Wiretaps should be played

Blagojevich motion for retrial, July 26, 2011, Judicial bias by Judge James Zagel, Wiretaps should be played

“I believe I’m more pristine on Rezko than him.”…Rod Blagojevich

“There is enough corruption in Illinois so that all it takes is someone who is serious about finding it to uncover it. If a U.S. attorney is not finding corruption in Illinois, they’re not seriously looking for it.”…Northwestern Law Professor James Lindgren

From the Chicago Tribune July 26, 2011.

“Blagojevich asks for new trial, cites judicial bias”

“Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, convicted last month of wire fraud, bribery, attempted extortion and conspiracy in his second federal public corruption trial, filed a motion late Monday for another retrial, citing numerous instances of alleged judicial bias and error that helped the prosecution “strip away the effective aspects of the defense case.”

“Virtually every error in this trial stemmed from the fact that this Court deprived Blagojevich of the presumption of innocence and exhibited bias against the defense,” the motion asserted. “The Court formed a closed mind to the evidence and made findings of fact.”

The motion said that “the government did not only benefit from the first trial, it used every opportunity to strip away the effective aspects of the defense case. … The Court rubber-stamped the government’s requests.”

The litany of criticisms in the 158-page document touched on everything from jury selection to Blagojevich’s attorneys’ long-held argument that more of the secretly-recorded phone calls that were at the heart of the government case should be played.

The motion also noted that U.S. District Judge James Zagel ruled against Blagojevich at nearly every turn.

His attorneys also zeroed in on Blagojevich’s decision to testify at the second trial — arguing that while Zagel had assured Blagojevich’s defense team that taking the stand would allow Blagojevich the chance to explain his behavior, his rulings during the testimony prevented that.

Blagojevich did not testify during his first trial last year in which a jury convicted him of one of 24 counts against him — that he lied to the FBI. The jury deadlocked on the rest of the charges, leading to the second trial and his sweeping conviction last month on an additional 17 counts.”

Read more:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-blagojevich-asks-for-new-trial-cites-judicial-error-20110726,0,350836.story

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44 responses to “Blagojevich motion for retrial, July 26, 2011, Judicial bias by Judge James Zagel, Wiretaps should be played

  1. Why is Obama broadcasting every time he gets on national television that if his plan (which does not exist) to raise the debt ceiling isn’t completed by Aug 2nd that America will be in default on the national debt? Obama knows a default is not necessary regardless if a debt ceiling plan is approved or not.

    Answer: Perhaps Obama wants to crash the stock markets and depress the value of all stocks to someone’s advantage…but Who?

    could that be: G E O R G E S O R O S….after all…George has a history of taking some other countries down that way.

  2. hmmm…. it can’t be that they are trying to delay things, could it….. :-)

  3. Julie T……Bingo !!!!

  4. Hotlanta Mike

    Obama = One Big Ass Mistake America

    This is what happens when you put a marxist in the Oval Office.

  5. rminnc and Julie T,
    Do you suppose that Obama is staging the scene so that he will eventually “have” to use the 14th Amendment and declare an increase all by himself?
    Bill Clinton recently said that he himself would not hesitate to use the 14th in such a stalemate. Something is brewing, imho.

    Such a misuse of the 14th would certainly call for a a court challenge, but in the meantime, while the justice system grinds away slowly, Obama will have bought the time he wants. He is just evil enough to think he could get away with it. I hope I’m wrong!!!

  6. Cabby in Az……

    Personally, I don’t think Mr. Obama has the “guts” to try something like that…of course, I do believe he’s stupid enough to think he might get away with it. Also, the 14th Amendment does not give him the right to assume the duties of CONGRESS as outline in Amendment 1….Of course, good old Bill Clinton talks a great game, but he didn’t have the “guts” to invoke the 14th Amendment either.

    However, the TEA and Republicans representatives and Senators in Congress appear to have had enough of Mr. Obama’s “one man dog and pony” show of non-leadership, and I think they would bring impeachment charges against him if he tried that….also, to tell the truth, I think the majority of Democrats fell that way too.

    That of course would prove to be a very interesting thing in it ‘s self because, how do you “impeach someone who isn’t legally occupying the office to begin with”….if impeached that would mean that everything Obama has signed into LAW until the date of his impeachment would remain as LEGAL law….we certainly don’t want that!

    I think there is only one way out for Mr. Obama…exposure and JAIL time…along with everyone who has helped him usurp the office of President of the United States.

    There is of course another course of action…which I hope and pray NEVER happens…..but I won’t talk about that here.

    p.s. I think the majority of American people have also had all they want of his “dog and pony show”. I know I have !

  7. Cabby – AZ | July 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm |

    That is exactly what he is doing, the speech was just a prelude. The consttuion means nothing to D-Rats.

    Example
    Bounel has already violated the War Powers act (Lybia) and the Emoluments Clause (Hillary).

  8. Another D-Rat Fraud
    Swift Boat Vets were right !!
    ————————————————————————————————-
    Posted on one of the Swifts Web site from the Navy Times.
    Mabus revokes imprisoned veteran’s Silver Star
    By Gidget Fuentes
    gfuentes@militarytimes.com
    (from July 18 Navy Times)

    San Diego- In a highly unusual move, the Navy secretary has stripped a Silver Star awarded to a retired captain and Vietnam swift boat veteran who is serving a federal prison sentence after admitting to child pornography.

    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus revoked the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest valor award, which was awarded nearly 20 years ago to retired Capt. Wade Sanders of San Diego.

    A spokeswoman for Mabus confirmed the secretary’s decision, which he made in August 2010 following a review and recommendation by the Navy Department Board of Medals and Decorations. “Mabus signed a memorandum in which he revoked the previously awarded Silver Star,” said Capt. Pamela Kunze.

    “Had the subsequently determined facts and evidence surrounding both the incident for which the award was made and the processing of the award itself been known to the Secretary of the Navy in 1992, those facts would have prevented the award of the Silver Star,” Kunze said.

    Sanders, a former deputy assistant Navy secretary rose to prominence seven years ago as a swift boat veteran who supported the 2004 presidential candidacy of Sen. John Kerry, D.Mass.

    Sanders in 2008 pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography after an FBI investigation led to his San Diego home and the discovery of pornographic videos on his computers. He received a 37-month sentence as part of a plea deal; he has maintained he isn’t a pedophile and was researching the subject for a book he planned to write.

    It’s not clear whether Sanders conviction played a role in him losing his Silver Star.

    The Navy declined to release a copy of the memo, which Mabus addressed to the chief of naval personnel, who in turn would be responsible for the administrative actions to pull the award from official naval records.

    Kunze would not say who or what prompted the review of Sanders Silver Star, nor would she say what new information had surfaced about the Silver Star.

    “Additional information was brought to light after 1992,” she said. “Those facts could have prevented the award of the Silver Star at that time.”

    She gave no specific reasons as to how Mabus or the board came to their conclusion.

    The sole authority for revoking a medal rests with the service secretary, according to Chapter 2 of the Navy and Marine Corps Awards Manual.

    http://www.swiftvets.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=179944&sid=a751c24c0d07cf22a148a45bb299b69d

  9. I was in Vietnam for a second tour when John Kerry supposedly earned his Silver Star…..the hero was only in country about three months before he got out of Vietnam.

    During the time he was there, he had an enlisted member of his boat crew following him around with a movie camera…..this was part of his plan to enter politics with a chest full of unearned medals and be a self made HERO.

    Upon his return to the states, Kerry joined Tom Haden, Jane Fonda and that bunch who called themselves the Winter Soldiers protesting the war and telling lies about the conduct of the service men still in Vietnam….then he became a Congressman. What a shame.

    I recommend the Secretary of Navy now to conduct an investigation of Kerry’s recommendation for the Silver Star. It is a known fact he recommended himself for awards during the very short time he was there!

    Thank God, the Swift Boat Veterans “sunk his boat” when he saluted and “reported for duty” at the Democrat National Convention in 2000 seeking the nomination for POTUS. I almost puked when I witnessed that on television.

  10. bob strauss

    Hotlanta Mike | July 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm |

    Obama = One Big Ass Mistake America

    This is what happens when you put a Marxist in the Oval Office.
    *************************************
    This is what happens when you put an illegal alien, usurper, Marxist, in the oval office, in place of a natural born American Citizen.

    Mike you left out some important information I just had to add.

  11. Pat 1789 | July 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    To many spelling errors, no more posting without my glasses on.

    @ rminnc | July 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm |

    Funny how the Leftists still lie and say this was a smear on Kerry.
    The fraud charges stiil stand, unrefuted!

  12. bob strauss

    I am waiting for the usurper to declare martial law over the debt crisis, and raise the debt ceiling all by his self.

  13. Layered colors ‘simple proof’ of Obama document forgery
    Software designer explains: ‘No scanner has X-ray vision’

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=326565

  14. Audit of the Federal Reserve Bank, with a, “slap on the wrist”. They must learn to keep better records. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/07/21/audit-fed-gave-16-trillion-in-emergency-loans

  15. I watched the Fast and Furious hearing today and it looks really bad for the administration. I’m wondering if Boehner is feeling brave about the debt ceiling because he knows Obama is going down soon…

    On the other hand, are the Dems desperate to make a deal quickly because they will be screwed soon. It’s hard to tell….

    Oh, the Insider posted again but it wasn’t exciting, it was mostly about how Obama was left out of the hearings about the debt ceiling in the past week and Nancy and Harry are pissed at him for criticizing “Congress” when that is aimed at them too.

    http://socyberty.com/politics/the-ulsterman-report-breaking-debt-ceiling-deal-is-done/

  16. Julie T, I saw that speech yesterday and I notice that Boehner looks confident and happy about something. Well you never know. He may know what’s up about Obama. I didn’t see the Obama speech.

  17. John in Illinois

    I check this blog daily and I was wondering about all those states
    that were going to require a “bonafide” birth certificate for the 2012
    primaries. What is the latest on that idea? Or are they going to accept the
    forgery? Someone from one of these states needs to go and verify the
    “hard copy” in Hawaii

  18. Well here is documented proof Obama LIED again about holding the Social Security checks because of the debate over the debt ceiling…

    Mine was in the bank this morning…..so much for : THE LIER-IN-CHIEF.

  19. bob strauss

    John in Illinois | July 27, 2011 at 6:34 am |

    I check this blog daily and I was wondering about all those states
    that were going to require a “bonafide” birth certificate for the 2012
    primaries. What is the latest on that idea? Or are they going to accept the
    forgery? Someone from one of these states needs to go and verify the
    “hard copy” in Hawaii
    **************************************
    John check out this site, Orly Taitz is trying to get the SS-5 (application) for the SS number Obama claims is his. Obama is fighting this one hard, he knows he’s screwed if this info gets out.

    http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/

  20. John in Illinois

    Gotta give Taitz credit for her effort,but everything she has tried has hit a brick wall if you know what I mean. My question is about the states that were
    “considering” proof of elligibilty to run in the primaries. I believe there were 10 states at one time trying to pass through some type of evidence of
    elligibilty proof.

  21. Hotlanta Mike

    Local Tea Party groups taking it to thethe next level concerning Obama’s criminality…let’s roll!

    “Arizona Tea Party Groups Overwhelmingly Pass Motion for Rep. Franks to Open Congressional Investigation into Obama’s Eligibility’

    http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2011/07/arizona-tea-party-groups-overwhelmingly.html

  22. bob strauss

    How Can We “Move On” When the Question Hasn’t Been Answered?

    THE U.S. CONGRESS: COWARDS ALL

    July 26, 2011

    Does Congress have no shame in failing to answer constituents’ questions about Obama’s eligibility?

    Dear Editor:

    I hand delivered the following letter to my congressman over two years ago. It was resubmitted a couple of weeks ago via certified mail – return receipt requested. During these two-plus years, I have sent his office dozens of emails on the subject of Obama’s ineligibility for office, and have confronted him at numerous town hall meetings. Most recently, he told me I need to “move on.” Here is the letter:

    http://www.thepostemail.com/2011/07/26/how-can-we-move-on-when-the-question-hasnt-been-answered/

  23. Hotlanta Mike

    bob strauss | July 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm |

    Mike you left out some important information I just had to add.

    ================================================

    Thanks Bob! AT had a great column today…

    Obama’s Ineptitude

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/07/obamas_ineptitude.html

  24. bob strauss | July 27, 2011 at 8:31 am |
    John in Illinois | July 27, 2011 at 6:34 am |

    I check this blog daily and I was wondering about all those states
    that were going to require a “bonafide” birth certificate for the 2012
    primaries. What is the latest on that idea? Or are they going to accept the
    forgery? Someone from one of these states needs to go and verify the
    “hard copy” in Hawaii
    **************************************
    John check out this site, Orly Taitz is trying to get the SS-5 (application) for the SS number Obama claims is his. Obama is fighting this one hard, he knows he’s screwed if this info gets out.

    http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/

    ========================================================
    ========================================================

    The problem here is that Obama’s people have been in the passport files, looks like they have been in the selective service files, and we’d almost certainly have to assume they’ve been in the ss files. Unless some judge allows us to use forensics on the ss application, we’ll have nothing. I’d be shocked if there isn’t a ss app with his name on it in the files.

    I feel that it is all but certain he’s using a phony ssn. The game changer is if we can actually find out who the number originally belonged to. The files have been scrubbed, but maybe they missed something somewhere during their scrubbing operation. It’s a long shot, but if the real, original holder of that ssn were found in someones files or database, that could be the one thing that could blow this thing wide open.

    well, i can dream can’t i?

  25. bob strauss

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011
    Arizona Tea Party Groups Overwhelmingly Pass Motion for Rep. Franks to Open Congressional Investigation into Obama’s Eligibility
    ObamaRelease YourRecords on 8:43 PM

    Jeff Lichter: On Monday and Tuesday evenings, July 25th and 26th, the South Peoria Tea Party by a vote of 8-0 and then the Sun City West Tea Party by a vote of 56 – 5 voted to pass the motion below. One week ago, the Surprise Arizona Tea Party passed the same motion by 45 – 4. All of these votes occurred in districts served by Congressman Trent Franks and he is being informed of the results.

    This same motion is forecast to spread to other Tea Party groups around the nation.

    THE CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION MOTION:

    http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2011/07/arizona-tea-party-groups-overwhelmingly.html

  26. John in Illinois at 6:34 am —–

    “… I was wondering about all those states that were going to require a “bonafide” birth certificate for the 2012 primaries. What is the latest on that idea? Or are they going to accept the forgery?”
    ==========
    Posted: June 23, 2011

    [near end]:

    “Some 15 state legislatures were concerned enough about the Constitution that they introduced or even passed legislation requiring that future presidential candidates demonstrate eligibility before getting on the ballot. All of them claimed these legislative initiatives had nothing to do with Obama, but instead had to do with constitutional integrity. Yet, when Obama produced a document he claims is his birth certificate, these initiatives all went away.”

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=314149

  27. @ bob strauss | July 27, 2011 at 9:17 am |

    Well written complaint !

    This I would send to my congressman.

    Thanks

  28. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    bob strauss | July 27, 2011 at 9:17 am |
    ——————————————————————————

    I think the whole key to bringing the O down is Senate Resolution 511.

    Senate Res. 511 declared McCain to be a qualified natural born citizen by virtue of “being born to AMERICAN CITIZENS (PLURAL) on an American military base in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936 ? “

    “First, is Barack Obama a natural born citizen eligible to hold the office of President per the terms and historical meaning of Article II, Section I, Clause 5 of the United States Constitution as stated in the Supreme Court case of Minor vs. Happersett 88 U.S. 162 (1875 )and why was Barack Obama not held to the same standard as was John McCain in April of 2008 when the US Senate via Senate Res. 511 declared McCain to be a qualified natural born citizen by virtue of “being born to American citizens on an American military base in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936 ? “

  29. Hotlanta Mike | July 27, 2011 at 9:11 am |
    bob strauss | July 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    ================================================
    Thanks Bob! AT had a great column today…
    Obama’s Ineptitude

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/07/obamas_ineptitude.html

    —————————————————————————————–

    This guy nailed it.

  30. What I don’t understand is why Boehner dosen’t get Reid and Piglosi in a room, show these two losers the reserach that has been done on Obama ‘s eligibilty etc. and say to these two traitors that if you don’t vote our way , I ( Boehner) will expose you for the traitors you are!!!!!!! Boehner may take some hits for not exposing earlier but he would be judge a hero to the republic future history.

  31. John in Illinois | July 27, 2011 at 6:34 am |
    I check this blog daily and I was wondering about all those states
    that were going to require a “bonafide” birth certificate for the 2012
    primaries. What is the latest on that idea? Or are they going to accept the
    forgery? Someone from one of these states needs to go and verify the
    “hard copy” in Hawaii
    =========================================
    John,
    Missouri dropped the ball…………….

    I wrote Rep. Lyle Rowland, sponsor for the House bill, in April complaining about the lack of ” natural born citizen” requirement in the MO House bill and he replied,
    “We have attached hb 283 to hcs sb 282 with language that requires them to meet the natural born citizen requirement. You may look up this bill on the House web site. Thanks for the contact. Lyle”
    HCS SB 282
    When certifying presidential and vice presidential nominees and requesting that such nominees be placed on the ballot, the state committees of each political party shall provide verifiable evidence of identity and proof of natural born citizenship.

    http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=4150828

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
    However,CCS HCS SB 282 passed but without the NBC provision.
    I’m disappointed but not surprised. Evidently, upholding the U.S. Constitution is not a priority to the Missouri Legislators.

    BTW The Dem MO governor vetoed the bill, probably because it required voters to have a photo ID in order to vote.

  32. a couple of things i read

    1 at ehow.com it says that using a fake ssn is either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on what it was used for. the result could be anything from a fine to a five year sentence.

    2 now the bad news. courts are continually “re-interpreting” these fake ssn laws because of the illegal alien agenda of the left. courts are more and more letting people off for using a phony ssn. they don’t want to prosecute illegal aliens so they just pretend that the laws don’t apply for one reason or another.

    I’m already beginning to visualize what we’ll be hearing once it is proved he’s using a stolen ssn.

    this country is going down the tank.

  33. This is what Ulsterman posted on his facebook page. I don’t have a link, sorry.
    Somewhat lost under all the debt ceiling debate/agreement news was the most recent Congressional hearings on the Gunrunner scandal. PLEASE NOTE that yesterday the White House was DIRECTLY implicated in the operation via sworn testimony from ATF official Bill Newell who emailed the White House in September with the caveat: “You didn’t get this from me.” This is big folks, and it’s getting bigger…

  34. It seems clear now that Judge Lamberth is in the back pocket of the Obama administration. When push comes to shove and when enough pressure is applied on him by the Obama administration, he gives favorable rulings. This does not bode well for the various eligibility and social security angles Orly Taitz is pursuing, most in the appeals court that Lamberth oversees. It is indeed going to be a long haul working with sitting judges like Lamberth.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/07/27/federal-judge-tosses-suit-opposing-obama-funding-stem-cell-research/

  35. The Tea Party better figure out a way to kick Obama out of office instead of kicking the Speaker of the House out of office. A house divided shall not stand and the Tea Party needs to stop bickering at such a careful time. The media just eats it up. We all need to be focused on getting the best deal we can with the most cuts and leave the bickering for later.

  36. Tina | July 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm |

    Agreed!

    Enough, pass something and call Bounel’s bluff.

  37. Georgia Rep Bobby Franklin who introduced HB-37 to make Presidential Candidates to show documentation proving they are natural born citizens for Article 2 Section 1 of the Constitution found dead yesterday. He had been dead in his home for several days.

    http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2011/07/26/state-rep-bobby-franklin-found-dead/?cxntlid=brkng_nws_bnr

  38. i am not a obama fan but i do agree the loop holes for the rich need to be closed why make the poor and middle class pay , also the rich should be raised from $250,000 to one million any one over one million are consider rich not 250.00 look at GE i heard thier company just moved to china and they did not pay any taxes , so why did they leave ,the rich just want to get richer and to many regulations here for them so they leave and go to china , thought the head of GE was obamas friend yea right

  39. I agree, Kay. When Obama talks about rich people, he includes small business people who might make $250K, but if you have business expenses, you often are just scraping by and are not rich at all in reality. Taxing a small business more at that level will just make more of them go out of business. But someone who is a multi-millionaire might be able to pay more.

  40. does anyone realize that social secuity insuance payments stops ant $106,000 anyone who makes over that amount no longer pays for the year why not make them keep payins ssi no matter how much they make ,keep taking it out of the people over $106,000 to help fell in some of the gaps for goverment expenses , great idea

  41. We pay fed income tax, state income tax, SS tax, real estate tax,utility taxes, gasoline taxes, service taxes on airfares and hotel rooms plus fees on various licenses and permits. The government gets more of our money than we do. And Obama and the Dems want to tax us more? And 47% of wage owners don’t pay any income tax? Sure, they like it that way. They don’t care how the government spends our money because they don’t have any invested interest in it. IMO Everyone should pay a share even if it’s only 1%.

    I heard Greta VanSustern say last night that the government will have to send out checks to 80 million people. You mean to tell me that about one fourth of the U S population relies on the government for paychecks or SS checks or welfare checks and you and I are paying for it! ? And many of those people are NOT even American citizens.

    Where else on this globe can you go and you receive free housing, free food and free money? Tell me because I’m going there. Social Security should only be given to American citizens. If you work here you must pay into SS and if you want to receive benefits, apply for citizenship and go through the nationalization process.

    Getting off my soap box………….

  42. This is why I will not buy any GE junk. I will pay more for something else that doesn’t have GE on it. If everyone would do this they would eventually go bankrupt/

  43. bob strauss

    Tammy | July 28, 2011 at 8:14 am |

    This is why I will not buy any GE junk. I will pay more for something else that doesn’t have GE on it. If everyone would do this they would eventually go bankrupt/
    ****************************************
    Obama would steal more of our money, and bail them out.

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