Robert Blagojevich couldn't believe the text message on his phone Thursday morning. It was from his defense attorney Michael Ettinger: "They have dismissed the charges." His wife Julie began crying. "Wait until we know everything for sure," Robert Blagojevich told her.
Five minutes later, a phone call from Ettinger. "You're a free man," he said. The older brother (and co-defendant) of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was facing four charges, down from an original five, that related to the attempted sale of the vacant Senate seat of Barack Obama and alleged extortion to raise money for the governor's campaign. A jury last week was hung on Rod Blagojevich's charges; the ex-governor was convicted on one of the 24 counts against him and likely faces a retrial
Why are ALL charges being DROPPED?
Answer by stacymomof2 at 10:14 AM on Aug. 27, 2010
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Answer by Jademom07 at 8:54 AM on Aug. 27, 2010
"the ex-governor was convicted on one of the 24 counts against him and likely faces a retrial. Why are ALL charges being DROPPED?"
It could be a number of things. One reason could be that the prosecutors feel that they don't have enough evidence for a retrial, so they will drop the charges until they feel like they do have what they need to win. Another reason could be because of money, trials are expensive and they have already been through one. The prosecutors may feel that the time, effort, and money is not worth it since they have already been through one trial. A lot of prosecutors will do this especially with white collar crimes.
Answer by JeremysMom at 8:55 AM on Aug. 27, 2010
Okay, since they made a last minute offer to him and he refused, and the next day they dropped the charges, then that means that they do not have enough evidence (or at least enough to make them think they have the upper hand) to win the case. They can dismiss the charges and charge him again later if they obtain the evidence they need.
Answer by JeremysMom at 8:59 AM on Aug. 27, 2010
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