Rod Blagojevich’s Hair Will Be Safe In Prison

When Elvis Presley joined the army his line upon getting the famed haircut was “Hair today, gone to-morrow.”

Many have been wondering what will happen to Rod Blagojevich who is going to prison, and has some mighty fine hair that he is most fond of, and spends time caring for.  (It should be noted that Blagojevich is also an Elvis fan.)  Will there be a need to damage the hair, just to make that Blagojevich pays for his crimes while in office?

Well there is good news for hair lovers everywhere.

I actually am glad about this news, as I think Rod Blagojevich has awesome hair.  In fact, the hair of the former Illinois governor had made news before on CP.  (Can anyone be shocked?)

 

 

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich may have to give up his freedom, but it appears he won’t have to give up his swooping trademark hairdo.

Although it could be months, if not years, before the convicted former chief executive sets foot inside a federal prison, his notorious helmet of hair would not be in jeopardy once he’s behind bars — unless he forgets to wash it.

“There will be no restriction of hair length as long as it is neat and clean,” notes an inmate manual for the all-male Gilmer Federal Prison in West Virginia., which reflects the policy of the more than 100 institutions administered by the federal Bureau of Prisons.

Breaking News: Rod Blagojevich Guilty On 18 Counts

Clearly Rod Blagojevich needed Scott Jensen’s lawyer.

(BTW I am also counting the other felony conviction from the first trial in my number 18 above.)

The fact is that Rod Blagojevich once had a bright political future.  Some thought that he had presidential possibilities.  That seems like a long time ago.  That such a personable and seemingly bright man was so caught up in political chicanery is not a new thing to politics.  That this whole story was played  out in such candid ways with audio-tapes and an almost never-ending series of media moments by Rod Blagojevich made this all the more stinky, and sad.

The fact is that Rod Blagojevich was not happy being Governor.  Rod Blagojevich likened himself to Richard Nixon and the feelings of despair when winning his second term to Springfield.  The life that President Obama was living was the one that Rod Blagojevich thought he should have.

The antics and illegal acts that are now synonymous to Rod Blagojevich are well-known.  A jury listened to the prosecutors and rendered a judgement.  It is a fitting ending for this story.  Still, it is a sad story.  A needless one.

Rod Blagojevich is going to prison.  For a long time.

Rod Blagojevich Verdict Coming This Afternoon

The jury in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has reached agreements on 18 of the 20 counts against him and the results will be announced later Monday, the judge in the case said.

 

No Verdict On Rod Blagojevich Until At Least Next Monday

This is…something else.

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich will have to wait until at least next week to hear from the jury debating his fate on 20 counts charging him with corruption, fraud and extortion.

The jury ended its ninth day at its usual 4 p.m. Thursday and will be back to deliberating Monday. Their regular schedule is Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to the clerk of court.

Last year, Blagojevich’s jury took 14 days to deliberate before letting Judge James Zagel know they were hopelessly deadlocked. It turned out they were hung on 23 of 24 counts against the ex-gov.

Rod Blagojevich Jury In 7th Day Of Deliberations…With 11 Women

Many theories abound….

Statistically, it shouldn’t have happened this way.

Yet somehow, the jury deciding Rod Blagojevich’s fate is more than 90 percent female.

From more than 100 jurors questioned, 11 women and just one man are tackling 20 counts remaining against Blagojevich, charged with fraud, extortion and corruption.

Is that a good thing for the former governor?

Yes, according to a lawyer involved in Blagojevich’s first trial.

“I told Shelly [Sorosky, defense attorney], ‘Knock every man off,’” said Michael Ettinger, the former attorney for Robert Blagojevich, Rod’s brother, campaign fund manager and codefendant before prosecutors dropped charges against him last year. “If I was picking the jury, I’d have excused every man I could.”

Though gender alone won’t decide a case, jury consultant Howard Varinsky said women might be preferable for a defense team because, in his experience, they are more concerned with fairness.

“Men just say, ‘To hell with them,’” said Varinsky, who consulted on the trials of Timothy McVeigh and Martha Stewart, among others. “Guys are just quicker to condemn.”

Men “are jealous of other men” and would tend to feel more competitive with the ex-governor, Ettinger argued, particularly someone such as Blagojevich who was once politically successful.

“I just think women pay more attention to cases and situations than men,” he said. “Men wanna go home and drink beer. Men don’t like Rod.”

Closing Arguments Start In Rod Blagojevich Trial After Failed Handshake Attempt

In case anyone missed the moment let me set the stage.

Earlier in the trial Rod Blagojevich was finished testifying at his corruption trial.  He leaves the stand, stepping down with hand out-stretched to shake with the lead prosecutor.

Say what?!

Rod…Rod…Rod…this is not a stump speech appearance where you meet the folks, kiss some babies, grab some cash, and zip off in a car to another function.

Rod Blagojevich your butt is on the line, and this is not a political production! 

As my readers might assume the offer of a handshake was rebuffed by the prosecutor.

Now the action turns to closing arguments.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Hamilton is set to deliver closing argument, which will likely take us the rest of this afternoon.

Rod Blagojevich Would Have Traveled To Afghanistan To Kill Osama Bin Laden

Secret Agent Man

No one should be surprised at the theatrics that are taking place during the corruption trial of Rod Blagojevich.    But even the most hardened watchers of this event had to be startled with the latest news.

He has compared himself to Gandhi and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He has drawn parallels between himself and Winston Churchill as well as Abraham Lincoln. 

But during his fifth day on the witness stand, even Rod Blagojevich managed to startle observers with a new one: 

If he had appointed himself to the U.S. Senate seat in 2008, he would have traveled to Afghanistan to try to hunt down one Osama bin Laden. 

His lawyer, Aaron Goldstein, asked if Blagojevich talked about appointing himself to the Senate “in exchange for going to Afghanistan and hunting down Osama bin Laden.” 

“Yes,” A straight-faced Blagojevich replied, bringing yet another prosecution objection, hushed snickers and head-scratching in the courtroom.

Rod Blagojevich To Take Stand In Corruption Trial

Yes, we have been down this road before.  But you have to grant me that this news, if indeed true, will produce one of the cheapest theatre tickets anywhere, anytime.  This will be pure political drama.  Oh, heck scratch the political if you wish.  This will be DRAMA!

I have no regard whatsoever for Rod Blagojevich.  He tarnished more than his name.  He smeared the political process,and the institutions of power with his money-grubbing ways.

So I want to see Rod Blagojevich take the stand and get grilled by the prosecution!  In the end I dare Blagojevich to take the stand. 

The problem with the strategy outlined by the defense is that there is no way Blagojevich can testify without incriminating himself, or worse.

Blagojevich is planning to take the witness stand as well, according to several sources familiar with the decision. He has been preparing to testify for several days and worked in depth on his possible testimony over the weekend, the sources said.