Blagojevich Second Trial, Spy Wednesday, April 20, 2011, Holy Week Catholic faith

Blagojevich Second Trial, Spy Wednesday, April 20, 2011, Holy Week Catholic faith

“Why did the Illinois Senate Health & Human Services Committee, with Obama as chairman, create and push Bill 1332, “Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act,” early in 2003, which reduced the number of members on the Board from 15 to 9, just prior to rigging by Tony Rezko and Rod Blagojevich?”…Citizen Wells

“Why did Patrick Fitzgerald and the US Justice Department prosecute Tony Rezko first and wait until after the 2008 election to arrest Rod Blagojevich?”…Citizen Wells


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

From HuffPost Chicago March 28, 2011.

“Why is the second trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich commencing on “Spy Wednesday”? This is not tongue-in-cheek. It’s true. “Spy Wednesday” this year falls on April 20th, the start date for the federal government’s second chance to throw the book at Blagojevich.

How did this happen? Was this date an accidental pick? Or on purpose? Who chose the date? Who knows? Maybe it was just the luck of the draw.

During Holy Week in the Catholic faith, “Spy Wednesday” is traditionally the day before Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday, the day of commemoration of the Last Supper and when Jesus washed the Apostles’ feet.

In contrast with the Last Supper, “Spy Wednesday” is not exactly a holy day. It is a day that is notorious. It’s the day when Apostle Judas Iscariot offered to turn Jesus over to the Chief Priests of the Sanhedrin in exchange for thirty pieces of silver. It is a day of betrayal, of loyalty lost, of selling out.

But then again, maybe it is the perfect day to start this do-over. For those who view Blagojevich as an elected official who betrayed the public’s trust. A sellout. Versus those who see him as just another Chicago pol engaged in mere horse trading, spied upon by an overzealous federal prosecutor through the surreptitious taping of his phone conversations, the entirety of which have yet to be made public. You’ll recall Blago’s defense has been that the snippets released so far have been taken out of context, and if Judge James Zagel were to allow the entire conversations to be released, the tapes would exonerate him, not convict him.

Whatever happens, the public won’t get to see it. Again. Except for a lucky three dozen or so each day if the courtroom is the same small, crowded one used this summer. Over half the seats go to reporters. What’s left, the public gets to scramble for.

Yet with 40-some reporters there, don’t think you can see this trial at home or at the office on your laptop, television, cable or satellite. With the plethora of channels out there and the ever expanding means of communication, you would think someone could see this somewhere. Yet video isn’t allowed. No, sir. Not in federal courtrooms, thank you. Not even in the overflow courtroom which gets an audio feed but no faces to scrutinize, no expressions to read.”

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I posted the following comment:

“A real trial with real witnesses like Tony Rezko or Stuart Levine with real questions would be refreshing­. Too bad they dropped counts 1, 2 & 4 which tie Obama to the corruption­.”

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