USA V Blagojevich Cellini Harris Kelly Monk, December 1, 2011, Judge James B. Zagel, 10:15 AM, Courtroom 2503 (JBZ), Notice of Motion

USA V Blagojevich Cellini Harris Kelly Monk, December 1, 2011, Judge James B. Zagel, 10:15 AM, Courtroom 2503 (JBZ), Notice of Motion 

“Why did Patrick Fitzgerald and the US Justice Department wait until December 2008 to arrest Rod Blagojevich?”…Citizen Wells

“I believe I’m more pristine on Rezko than him.”…Rod Blagojevich

“Why has the Blagojevich defense team been denied access to the government wiretaps?”…Citizen Wells

I noticed the following Notice of Motion for today, Thursday, December 1, 2011, in the courtroom of Judge James Zagel.

Daily Calendar

Thursday, December 1, 2011  (As of 12/01/11 at 06:47:08 AM 

Honorable James B. Zagel                    Courtroom 2503 (JBZ)

1:08-cr-00888   USA v. Blagojevich                     10:15   Notice of Motion           
1:08-cr-00888   USA v. Cellini                         10:15   Notice of Motion           
1:08-cr-00888   USA v. Harris                          10:15   Notice of Motion           
1:08-cr-00888   USA v. Kelly                           10:15   Notice of Motion           
1:08-cr-00888   USA v. Monk                          10:15   Notice of Motion

The Chicago Tribune reports the following December 1, 2011.

“Prosecutors seek 15-20 years for Blagojevich, his lawyers seek compassion”

“Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich asked a federal judge to impose “a compassionate and proportionate sentence” on the former governor, in sharp contrast to the 15- to 20-year prison sentence sought by prosecutors earlier in the day.

“…Despite a strong and seemingly defiant exterior, no one is more acutely aware of the tragedy that has become of his life’s work and aspirations as is Mr. Blagojevich himself,” the defense said in its 69-page filing Wednesday evening.

Blagojevich’s lawyers continued to maintain his innocence despite the verdicts of two separate juries and argued that Blagojevich shouldn’t be hit with a lengthy prison sentence because the prosecution and publicity has already resulted in his “personal ruination, public scorn and criminal conviction.”

Without elaborating, the filing said the three years since Blagojevich’s arrest have “taken a toll” on his mental and physical health and resulted in “anxiety, stress and uncertainty” for his two daughters.

The lawyers referred to Blagojevich’s media offensive, saying it was a response “for good or for bad” to press coverage, and said that his and wife Patti’s reality show appearances weren’t intended to garner public support but rather to make money to support their daughters.

”His family is close to bankruptcy,” the defense wrote. “He has suffered every kind of public ridicule and humiliation imaginable – to the point that foreign tourists can often be found posing for photos on the outside staircase to his family home.”

But in their 21-page filing, prosecutors say Blagojevich merits much harsher punishment because he “repeatedly committed serious criminal acts that have done enormous damage to public confidence in Illinois government. He has refused to accept any responsibility for his criminal conduct and, rather, has repeatedly obstructed justice and taken action to further erode respect for the law.

“While the government is not unsympathetic to the plight that Blagojevich, like many criminals, has inflicted upon his family through his criminal acts, Blagojevich has nobody to blame but himself for the criminal conduct in which he engaged.”

The sentencing memo highlights some of Blagojevich’s misdeeds, including his attempt to trade an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama for $1.5 million in campaign cash, his shakedown of a CEO of a children’s hospital for $25,000 and his stalling of a bill to help the state horse industry in an effort to earn another $100,000 in campaign contributions.

“Over the course of a relatively brief period of time, during his machinations surrounding the appointment of a United States Senator, and the shakedowns of hospital and racetrack executives, the defendant revealed his corrupt, criminal character,” prosecutors said. “But, as the evidence and Blagojevich’s conduct at his trials established, these were not isolated incidents. They were part and parcel of an approach to public office that defendant adopted from the moment he became governor in 2002.”

Prosecutors noted that Blagojevich was elected governor in 2002 on a platform to end “pay-to-play” politics and decried corruption following the conviction in 2006 of his predecessor, Gov. George Ryan.”

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25 responses to “USA V Blagojevich Cellini Harris Kelly Monk, December 1, 2011, Judge James B. Zagel, 10:15 AM, Courtroom 2503 (JBZ), Notice of Motion

  1. You know things are bad if the New York Times is reporting on this. They usually refer to them as moderates.


    International Governments W/ Ron Paul : New World Order VS The Constitution

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    Judge Andrew Napolitano
    WorldNetDaily Commentary
    © 2011
    November 23, 2011


    “What if the whole purpose of the Constitution was to limit the government? What if Congress’ enumerated powers in the Constitution no longer limited Congress, but were actually used as justification to extend Congress’ authority over every realm of human life? What if the president, meant to be an equal to Congress, has become a democratically elected, term-limited monarch? What if the president assumed everything he did was legal, just because he’s the president? […].”

    Read More Here:

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    Judge Andrew Napolitano
    WorldNetDaily Commentary
    © 2011
    November 30, 2011


    “Can the president use the military to arrest anyone he wants, keep that person away from a judge and jury, and lock him up for as long as he wants? In the Senate’s dark and terrifying vision of the Constitution, he can.

    Congress is supposed to work in public. That requirement is in the Constitution. It is there because the folks who wrote the Constitution had suffered long and hard under the British Privy Council, a secret group that advised the king and ran his government. We know from the now-defunct supercommittee, and other times when Congress has locked its doors, that government loves secrecy and hates transparency. Transparency forces the government to answer to us. Secrecy lets it steal our liberty and our property behind our backs.”

    Read More Here:

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    Judge Andrew Napolitano
    WorldNetDaily Commentary
    © 2011
    November 16, 2011


    “Congress, which is charged and authorized by the Constitution to write the federal laws and to decide how to spend the people’s money and to keep public records of all its deliberations, has simply declined to do so. In establishing the debt supercommittee – which consists of six representatives and six senators – Congress is violating the Constitution by keeping its work and deliberations from you. Every hour at Fox News, our intrepid Capitol Hill producers inform us of who is meeting with whom to discuss what – not among members of the House or Senate, but among members of the supercommittee. Try to find that in the Constitution, and you won’t succeed.

    This is what has become of the world’s greatest deliberative body. It is hiding from you. Its members are supposed to be working for you. The government is the servant of the people. As revolutionary as that sounds, it is the principle underlying both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.”

    Read More Here:

    Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Archive:

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  3. Good morning Zach, et al.

  4. Judge Andrew Napolitano: Revolution is Duty of the People

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    Ron Paul – Obama Moving Us Toward One World Government.

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    The Constitution in Exile ~ Judge Andrew Napolitano

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  5. Interested Bystander

    I’m bringing this over from the last thread:

    Good Morning All,

    Just for the record, I bowled a 289 last night. I had the first 10 strikes and then CHOKED on the eleventh.

    Still the best game I have ever bowled……………maybe next time.

    Next, to Cabby and Pat;

    After doing some research thanks to someone who will remain unnamed, you may want to read this:

    Read section 1031 and then 1032 with particular attention to (4) of (a) in section 1032.

    I understand what (b) states, but with (4) of (a), you can pretty much throw out ANY requirments OR exemptions.

    Just trying to inform everyone.

    I am NOT trying to suggest that our Government WILL go around getting waivers as described in (4), but there it is in black and white.

    And John McCain was a sponsor of the bill.

    I hold my head down in shame.

  6. IB, if you are reading here, I left you a note at the bottom of prior thread.

  7. Attorney Dr. Orly Taitz given the run-around in Hawaii. “Baby gets a black-eye”.

  8. Jobless claims rise to 402,000 (Higher than expected)

    Regarding Ron Paul – I’m very concerned about his policies that could lead to destruction of Israel. I would vote for him over Obama because Israel’s destruction is a certainty with Obama. If Paul got the nomination, he would need to pick a Palin, Bachman, Santorum, Perry to make me feel confident enough to get up on election day.

  9. “Just for the record, I bowled a 289 last night. I had the first 10 strikes and then CHOKED on the eleventh.”


  10. Interested Bystander


    Paul is right about ALL Foreign Aid.

    You shouldn’t take his wanting to stop ALL Foreign Aid as him being Anti-Israel.

    If you have other examples, then I’d be interested in seeing them.

    Thanks for the “excellent”. We all get lucky every now and again.

  11. Interested Bystander


    Thanks for the “good bowling” on the other thread.

    I responded over there.


    Katie Pavlich
    News Editor,
    November 30, 2011


    “When Dobyns reported the incident to both ATF and Newell. He asked for an investigation into the case. Newell not only refused to investigate, calling the incident “just scorching,” but allowed his subordinates, including Gillett, to attempt to frame Dobyns, accusing him of purposely burning down his own home with his family inside, has named him as a suspect and is investigating him. Newell conspired to destroy and fabricate evidence to “prove” his case. Emails, witness testimony, phone conversations and other documentation show the ATF Phoenix Field Divisions’ intentions, led by Newell, were to frame Dobyns, yet Newell denied under oath any involvement in this activity. His subordinates Gillett and ATF Tucson Group Supervisor over Operation Wide Receiver Charles Higman, also denied any attempts to frame Dobyns under oath, despite evidence showing otherwise.

    The retaliatory actions of Newell, and other ATF management agents, were reported to ATF senior management at the highest levels and were ignored.
    Now, Dobyns is speaking out on behalf of the whistleblowers facing direct retaliation as a result of exposing the Obama Justice Department Fast and Furious scandal to the public and Congress.”

    Is the Obama Administration Taking Revenge on Fast & Furious Whistleblowers?

    * * * *
    Issa: Holder Should Come Before House Judiciary to Clarify Fast and Furious Statement

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    Obama Spoke About “Fast & Furious” Before Holder Claimed He Knew


  13. Zach, you were already famous for bowling them over.

  14. Zach,
    Thanks for the NBC link rebuttal.
    I was waiting on that.

  15. CW – It was Interested Bystander that posted that score! Was it not?

  16. Zach.

  17. More alarming news from the depths of the diabolical caverns controlling the robotic minions who’ve surrendered to evil:

    What!? Look at plans for compulsory sterilization, abortion
    Former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson says ‘we were not allowed to talk about it’

    Read more: What!? Look at plans for compulsory sterilization, abortion

  18. Adam Carolla has it absolutely RIGHT!

  19. da verg-farleftliberalnutjob

    what happened in the 11th frame?

    i once bowled a “polish 300”, 13 strikes in a row over two games, not all in one game. I had a 279, the ball went “brooklyn” and i left 5-10 split……..the wind took the ball, the lights were too bright, the oil on the lane shifted, my left foot stuck at the line, someone lit one behind me, there was a bird in my eye….i see orly got the ole run around in Hawaii, typical. Funny thing the defense kept objecting “that’s not in the original motion” when supposedly the original motion wasn’t made available. What a marooon…..these guys are getting desperate with continued game playing. Obama should just drop out his numbers are crashing below CARTER, who used to be the worst president ever.

  20. @ Interested Bystander | December 1, 2011 at 8:56 am |
    Politics differences aside.
    289 !

  21. Newt Gingrich : Obama’s Radical Ideology Will Be An Issue If I Am The GOP Nominee – 11/30/11

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