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Why are ALL charges being DROPPED?

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?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/08599201398600

 
sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:50 AM on Aug. 27, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Oh, correction, I read the OP wrong. Its ROB that is getting the charges dropped. Well, they likely didn't have enough evidence.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 10:14 AM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • Money talks here in Chicago. Money talks.
    Nameismommy

    Answer by Nameismommy at 9:11 AM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • I would have to assume because charging the brother would hinder the re-try of Rod.
    urkiddingright

    Answer by urkiddingright at 12:09 PM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • I would also think that they're putting their power where they think it's more important, letting a little fish go to get the big one.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 12:30 PM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • They plan to retry him.
    Jademom07

    Answer by Jademom07 at 8:54 AM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • His brother & co-defendent had all charges dropped

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) 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.

    JeremysMom

    Answer by JeremysMom at 8:55 AM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • Just a day earlier, the government had made a last-minute offer to Robert Blagojevich, 55, that would have allowed him to be tried separately from the former governor, but he refused, opting to take his chances in court. "They asked if we would agree to a severance and agree to go second and we said absolutely no," Schroeder said via text message. "The next thing we heard, they were dropping charges."


    Re Damn Diculous

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) 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.

    JeremysMom

    Answer by JeremysMom at 8:59 AM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • When I first read this, I read it understanding the case was dismissed, which is actually not what happened here. I think the article says why the charges were dropped, no?
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 9:01 AM on Aug. 27, 2010

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