Thanks Maggie. Is “John” plea bargaining or just trying to stay alive?
Rahm:President Elect Barack Obama wanted Valerie Jarrett
UPDATE: 2:57 p.m.
Blagojevich defense attorney Sheldon Sorosky began their cross-examination of Wyma. Sorosky asked Wyma about his background.
Wyma said David Axelrod introduced Wyma to Blagojevich when he was in Congress, and Axelrod suggested Wyma be Blagojevichs Congressional chief of staff. Wyma held the position for three and a half years and left on good terms with Blagojevich.
Wyma said he then went on to work for New York Senator Charles Schumer. Wyma left his job with Schumer to come back to Illinois in 2002 and work for Blagojevichs gubernatorial primary campaign leading up to Blagojevichs first term as governor.
In 2002, Sorosky asked if Wyma had any relationship with Mayor Daley; Wyma said no. When Sorosky tried to ask if Wyma had any relationship with Jesse Jackson, Jr. or if Blagojevich was Wymas political god father, the prosecution objected and the judge sustained.
Sorosky tried to ask Wyma if he ever asked Blagojevich for a position in his administration and about why went to work as a lobbyist, but the prosecution objected two both questions and the judge sustained.
Wyma said he opened his lobbying firm in spring 2003. Wyma explained a lobbyist works with companies on how to be more effective with the government regarding how legislative issues might affect their business.
When asked, Wyma testified he made better than $1 million in his first year with his lobbying firm
Still more dots to connect. Or are they all just connected and we just need to start painting by the numbers.
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I have overlooked this connection ...
DOHRN SURRENDERS, FACES COURT
Boston Globe - Wednesday, December 3, 1980
Author: Associated Press
Bernardine Dohrn , the one-time student radical leader who had eluded authorities for 11 years, surrendered today and pleaded innocent to charges stemming from a series of violent demonstrations in Chicago.
Dohrn , once on the FBIs most wanted list, refused to talk to reporters but smiled and seemed calm as she appeared before Circuit Judge Richard J. Fitzgerald. After arraignment, she was taken away for booking, and a bond hearing was set for later today.
Dohrn , 38, is the most famous in a series of radical figures to surface after going underground rather than face criminal charges in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Others include student leader Mark Rudd and Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman.
Dohrn appeared at the courthouse with her lawyer and William Ayers, a former member of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).
Later, at a hearing before Judge Fred G. Suria of Circuit Court, bail was set at $25,000. The judge reduced the bond from $300,000 on a request by Dohrn s lawyer, who said his client had surrendered voluntarily and couldn’t afford the higher bond.
Suria said in lowering the bond, It is my past experience that these people do in fact abide by the conditions of the bond.
An assistant state’s attorney, Larry OGara, said he was satisfied with the lower bond and that the most serious of the charges was that Ms. Dohrn struck a police officer with a club during a demonstration. He said there had been no attempt to plea bargain with his office.
After the court hearing, Ayers, 35, talked briefly with reporters and said he had remained in hiding, even though there were no charges against him, because I was living with Bernardine Dohrn . He said they have two young children, who are staying with friends in New York.
It’s a little like the Japanese soldier who comes out of the Philippine jungle to find out the war is over, Ayers said of returning to public view.
Ayers is the son of Thomas G. Ayers, retired chairman of Commmonwealth Edison Co. and one of the city’s most respected business leaders.
Dohrn and Ayers, who according to the New York Times had most recently been living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, had contacted the Cook County state’s attorney’s office through attorney Michael Kennedy, apparently to arrange some sort of plea bargaining.
Dohrn faces a felony charge of aggravated battery and two misdemeanor charges of mob action stemming from the Days of Rage demonstrations led by the Weatherman faction of SDS in Chicago in October 1969.
The new state’s attorney, Richard M. Daley , said yesterday that his office had been in touch with Dohrn s lawyer, but that there would be no plea bargaining until she surrendered.