Blagojevich juror questionnaire in high school class motion denied, Judge James Zagel, Daniel Frawley sentencing delayed again
“In the Daniel Frawley Deposition, why did Tony Rezko give Obama money and why did Frawley assert his Fifth Amendment privilege?”…Citizen Wells
“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
From the Chicago Tribune December 19, 2011.
“Blagojevich jury forewoman says class saw a blank juror questionnaire”
“The jury forewoman in Rod Blagojevich’s second trial denied today that she improperly took a juror questionnaire and showed it to a high school class. The questionnaire in question was just a blank form that she got from the court to explain the civic process to students, forewoman Connie Wilson said.
“Of course, I couldn’t have access to any of my own forms because those are all sealed in court,” said Wilson, explaining that the court clerk sent her blank forms that are regularly issued to government classes and civic teachers.
The questionnaire issue arose last week when the former governor’s legal team filed an emergency motion alleging that Wilson may have flouted the judge’s orders that juror questionnaires be kept under seal and confidential. The motion cited a newspaper article that reported that Wilson showed “copies of her jury summons and questionnaire” to students during an appearance at an Aurora high school.
But in a sharply worded rebuke Monday, U.S. District Judge James Zagel denied the motion, calling it “harebrained” and suggesting that the Blagojevich lawyer who wrote the filing write a letter of apology to the juror.
“This motion was prepared without any adequate forethought,” Zagel said.
Wilson said she found out about the motion on Saturday from her sister, who called to tell her that it was all over the news. On Sunday, Wilson said reporters waited outside her home as she and her family threw their annual Christmas party.
“It was a little disconcerting,” Wilson said. “We’ve been so careful about everything we say and everything we talk about as jurors to make sure we are always appropriate.”
The filing was submitted by Lauren Kaeseberg, one of Blagojevich’s attorneys, but the rest of the legal team was included on the filing – Sheldon Sorosky, Aaron Goldstein and Elliott Riebman.
“If it is found that Ms. Wilson violated court rules, her violations must result in a new trial,” Blagojevich’s attorneys argued.
But Zagel on Monday said the motion “smacks a little bit of retaliatory (motive against) a juror.””
Daniel Frawley, Tony Rezko’s ex partner was scheduled for sentencing December 20 and 21. However, according to commenter Bessie.
Submitted on 2011/12/19 at 12:39 pm
“Good Morning All; the sentencing for Daniel T. Frawley has been postponed A G A I N , I don’t know if this is the fifth or sixth time, I have lost track….They have not yet rescheduled his court date, “probably after the New Year”…Right.”
From Citizen Wells December 13, 2011.
“Daniel Frawley, a one time partner of Tony Rezko, is scheduled for sentencing Tuesday, December 20, 2011 in the courtroom of Judge Ronald A. Guzman .”
““I was on the phone, making a phone call to Tony Rezko,” Frawley says, according to the transcript. “I had a luncheon engagement with him. George was outside of the room where I was making the telephone call, and the purpose of the call was for me to keep my luncheon engagement with Tony Rezko and to go over and to record Tony Rezko.
“George saw and heard me on the phone, came running in and went like this [demonstrating]: Cut it,” drawing his hand across his throat.
Later in the deposition, Weaver’s lawyer, Daniel F. Konicek, asks Frawley about what specific information Weaver is supposed to have told Frawley to withhold from federal authorities.
“I’m assuming the information is about the payments made by Rezko to Obama, so we know we’re talking about the right conversation, right?” Konicek asks Frawley.
Frawley doesn’t answer. So Konicek presses him: “Am I correct it was about Obama being paid by Rezko?”
Frawley replies: “I’m not answering that question, based upon my attorney’s instructions.””