Blago Promises To Twitter During Trial
Frankly, Rod and Patti Blagojevich, I don’t give a damn if you Twitter during Rod and his brother’s criminal trial for selling President Obama’s Senate seat and shaking down a children’s hospital for campaign contributions and 22 other federal corruption charges.
I don’t Twitter so count me out as adding to Rod’s list of 819 and Patti’s 121 followers, according to Politics Daily.
But, were I U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel, whom I’m not, I would slap a gag order for the duration of the trial as thick as a Chicago Pizza crust on the pair.
Freedom of speech my arse. Twittering during this trial by those two publicity seekers would be a travesty to our judicial system which is about the only game in town that isn’t corrupted by Chicago politics. I hope.
“Looking forward to opening statements because that will unlock the truth… stay tuned,” Blagojevich tweeted Monday morning. Later, he twittered “i’m on with don and roma,” referring to two WLS-AM radio hosts, writes Lynn Sweet of Politics Daily and the best damned political writer of Chicago politics there is.
Are we to expect Blagojevich to tweet testimony by a prosecution witness as a liar? Or will we be flooded with personal hardships he endures holding his bladder in check before a brief recess in the trial?
Or will we read Patti’s tweet from Sunday “Just got done doing all the chores I won’t have time to do this week-groceries,laundry etc. etc.”?
And if they are allowed this nonsense, wouldn’t the jurors be subject to it? If yelling “fire” in a crowded theater with locked doors is an exception to the First Amendment rule as determined by the U.S. Supreme Court, than anything these two defendants to Twitter on their behalf during the trial MUST fall into that category.
Blagojevich has said since his indictment in December 2008 all he wants is a fair trial and let the truth be known, well, here’s his chance, but, for gosh sakes, keep it inside the courtroom.
I’m one of those who believe the Blagojevich’s have set out to woo the jury selection, completed Tuesday,
by appearing on every radio and television who would stomach them, writing books and in Patti’s case, eating a tarantula on the reality TV show “I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here.”
Judge Zagel so far has dropped the hammer on one Blagojevich request, limiting his lawyer Sam Adam Jr. from Wednesday’s opening statement of 2 hours and 30 minutes to one hour and 45 minutes.
Oh, I almost forgot among all this twittering tirade. Blagojevich is the impeached governor of Illinois, the second consecutive one indicted by the feds. The last guy is still serving a 6 1/2-year term in prison.
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