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Holdout Juror At Blagojevich Trial Explains Vote

Posted on 08/27/2010 4:59:07 AM PDT by paudio

CHICAGO (AP) - The juror who was the lone holdout on some counts at former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich's political corruption trial has said she had a responsibility to follow her conscience and that she stands by her vote.

"I could never live with myself if I went along with the rest of the jury," JoAnn Chiakulas told the Chicago Tribune in her first media interview since the trial ended. "I didn't believe it was the correct vote for me."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: blago; blagojevich; illinois; joannchiakulas
She still can claim that she voted for her conscience if she 100% believed that the impact of convicted Blago would spill over to her beloved politician.
1 posted on 08/27/2010 4:59:09 AM PDT by paudio
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To: paudio

Which ambassadorship did she get?


2 posted on 08/27/2010 5:01:09 AM PDT by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: paudio

“I was offered 100K cash and full tuition for my children at the school of their choice by two men who work for Mr. Blagojevich.”

“They said if I didn’t take it, one of the other jurors would”


3 posted on 08/27/2010 5:02:02 AM PDT by Eddie01 (All we every really knew was it was crazy to be doin' it any other way)
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To: paudio

As another FReeper said (sorry I don’t remember who): watch this woman very carefully over the next year or so.


4 posted on 08/27/2010 5:07:57 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: paudio; Liz; STARWISE; maggief; onyx; penelopesire

The fact that her previous employer had connection to MOOseshelle certainly had no influence..It was what was right for her....Geez


5 posted on 08/27/2010 5:13:12 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Steely Tom

Waiting for the article from THE GLOBE to come out with the details......


6 posted on 08/27/2010 5:14:35 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: paudio
"I didn't believe it was the correct vote for me."

???? She says this as if she's trying on new skirts.

7 posted on 08/27/2010 5:15:06 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

I think she cut the interview short because she had to catch her flight to her new home on the beach in Maui.


8 posted on 08/27/2010 5:18:47 AM PDT by Mouton
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To: paudio

I want ALL of the crooked Illinois pols called in the next trial. Emmanuel, Axelrod, Obama. ALL OF THEM! If they are going to waste more taxpayer money on a second trial, I want them ALL under oath.


9 posted on 08/27/2010 5:32:43 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: paudio

I wonder how much she collected? We’ll probably never know. Shades of the “Teflon Don”.


10 posted on 08/27/2010 5:35:44 AM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: originalbuckeye

Please add Hillary to your list. She deserves star billing as well.


11 posted on 08/27/2010 5:37:00 AM PDT by seemoAR
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To: paudio

>>>>”I didn’t believe it was the correct vote for me.”

She’s not there to make that kind of vote - she’s there to vote on the preponderance of the evidence, not how she “feels”. Stupid liberal.


12 posted on 08/27/2010 5:39:36 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (TV News is an oxymoron.)
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To: paudio
"I didn't believe it was the correct vote for me."

It's not about you!

13 posted on 08/27/2010 5:41:45 AM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: paudio

Is there a link for this, please?


14 posted on 08/27/2010 5:42:21 AM PDT by FarmerW (Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned. - Milton Friedman)
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To: paudio

15 posted on 08/27/2010 5:46:13 AM PDT by Hillbillary (I know how to deal with Communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Eddie01

Probably right. She was bribed. But then she is a Hillary supporter.


16 posted on 08/27/2010 5:49:23 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: paudio

Link please.


17 posted on 08/27/2010 5:54:50 AM PDT by BADROTOFINGER (Life sucks. Get a helmet.)
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To: BADROTOFINGER
Oops... here it is:

Holdout juror at Blagojevich trial explains vote

18 posted on 08/27/2010 6:14:49 AM PDT by paudio (The Democrats have been majority in Congress since 2006, not 2008!)
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To: paudio

Interesting connections:

Breaking: Blago Holdout Retired State Employee (a community organizer)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2573371/posts

see post #34

(holdout juror) JoAnn Chiakulas...>...X-husband attorney James Chiakulas...>..Blago....>...Obama......(follow the dots)


19 posted on 08/27/2010 6:15:33 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: originalbuckeye

IMHO “under oath” means nothing to them.


20 posted on 08/27/2010 6:41:45 AM PDT by mcshot (Who is the power behind the MSM that is trying to take-down our Country?)
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To: paudio

She had an offer she couldn’t refuse.


21 posted on 08/27/2010 7:49:29 AM PDT by Malesherbes (Sauve qui peut)
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To: paudio

“She says she found his recorded statements on the Senate vacancy to be so disorganized that it didn’t reach the level of a criminal conspiracy.”

Wow! So the argument of Blago’s lawyer that he was too stupid to commit this crime apparently worked on one juror...


22 posted on 08/27/2010 8:10:28 AM PDT by DrC
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To: hoosiermama; onyx; penelopesire; maggief; seekthetruth; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; BP2; ...

*snip*

If anything, some jurors were so convinced of Blagojevich’s guilt that they refused to consider Chiakulas’ arguments for acquitting, Duvvuri said.

“JoAnn did her job. She did the right thing,” said Duvvuri, who voted to convict Blagojevich on some counts and acquit on others. “She voted how she saw the evidence.”

Still, the holdout label upsets Chiakulas and some other jurors because, they say, it wrongly suggests she was a Blagojevich apologist. To the contrary, she readily acknowledged the governor’s faults during deliberations and made it clear that she didn’t condone his behavior or leadership, Moore said.

“She admitted he talks too much, he sounds like an idiot sometimes,” Moore said. “She said, ‘But we’re not here to determine whether he talks like an idiot sometimes. That’s not what he’s on trial for.’”

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Looks to me like she did her job, given the govt’s poor presentation, who thought dazzling the jury with hours of wild ‘talk’ would seal the deal. The govt didn’t prove its case. The retrial will be dramatically different .. hopefully ... with Levine, Jarrett and Emanuel and other major players (Tom Balanoff, SEIU) as witnesses.

There were many charges that mixed, nearly evenly split votes. I’m much more inclined to speculate on what ‘suggestions’ Judge Zagel and the govt received from ‘above’ and from the local Machine than assuming successful jury tampering.


23 posted on 08/27/2010 9:14:39 AM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE; AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks STARWISE. Assuming he ever sees a prison term from the inside of the bars, it’ll be one of those posh tennis shorts and daquiri prisons.


24 posted on 08/27/2010 2:51:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: paudio

In other news, the feds dropped their charges against Blago’s brother Robert.


25 posted on 08/27/2010 5:19:15 PM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: STARWISE

The Feds should seek a change of venue. Move the trial to Federal court in Alabama...


26 posted on 08/28/2010 8:45:35 AM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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