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Blagojevich appeal delayed waiting on transcripts, Court clerk 5 1/2 month leave of absence, Delays help Obama, Transcripts of Blagojevich wiretaps hurt Obama

Blagojevich appeal delayed waiting on transcripts, Court clerk 5 1/2 month leave of absence, Delays help Obama, Transcripts of Blagojevich wiretaps hurt Obama

“this guy is more Tony’d up than I am. …. they got the Chicago media to f…ing make me wear Rezko more. To f…ing dilute it from him.…Rod Blagojevich wiretap November 12, 2008
“BLAGOJEVICH: You know, Axelrod and Obama’s people, you know, clearly turned, you know, got the Chicago media to make Rezko all about me. And hardly about…

HARRIS: Yeah, in other words, they focus their,they focus their attention on you. They couldn’t make it go away so the bes-, next best strategy is deflect it.

BLAGOJEVICH: Right.

HARRIS: This is somewhere where it, it’ll satisfy the, the hunger of the beast, being the media.

BLAGOJEVICH: Right, right.

HARRIS: Yeah, it makes sense. It’s not a stretch. If I’m, if I’m his message advisor, media advisor or whatever, operative, yeah I’m gonna try to feed the beast by giving ‘em something else to eat on.”…Rod Blagojevich wiretap November 12, 2008
“I believe I’m more pristine on Rezko than him.”…Rod Blagojevich wiretap November 7, 2008

You have read it here at Citizen Wells for some time. The delays in prosecuting Rod Blagojevich were designed to protect Obama. You also read here that the appeal process for Blagojevich would drag on past the election. We now have more proof.

From Fox News August 6, 2012.

“Blagojevich appeal delayed due to undone transcripts: EXCLUSIVE”

“Before he went to prison, Rod Blagojevich expressed confidence that his conviction would be overturned on appeal.

But so far, no appellate briefs have been filed and no arguments have been heard.

Several sources told FOX Chicago News that Rod Blagojevich is upset and disappointed at the lack of progress on his appeal.

When former Illinois governor George Ryan was sentenced, his lawyers were in court just five months later, arguing his case.

It’s been almost eight months since Blagojevich was sentenced on Dec. 7, 2011. His attorneys discussed how they’d appeal six days after that.

“Well there’s a tremendous amount of work to do now, we need to read through all the transcripts,” defense attorney Lauren Kaeseberg said. “There’s two trials, there’s a significant amount of work.”

But FOX Chicago News learned that since then, that first key step toward an appeal – getting the 16,000 pages of transcripts – has not yet been accomplished.

“They have to file briefs. The briefs have to be based on alleged errors that occurred in the course of the trial,” Kent College of Law professor Richard Kling said. “Those errors, if they occurred, are reflected in the transcript.”

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently warned Kaeseberg that she could face monetary or disciplinary sanctions if she didn’t explain why the transcripts weren’t done yet.

Kaeseberg responded by producing these emails she had sent to Judge James Zagel’s court reporter, asking for the transcripts.

Finally, about two weeks ago, the court reporter filed her own motion asking for more time, saying she had taken a leave of absence for five and half months and has been swamped with work since her return.

She has now promised to have the transcripts done by late September, with any appellate review not likely for months after then.

“They wont’ decide what errors occurred based on what lawyers said,” Kling said. “They want the real McCoy’s, the transcripts, in front of them.”

The two attorneys handling the Blagojevich appeal, Lauren Kaeseberg and Leonard Goodman, both declined to comment on the delay.

FOX Chicago did phone and email the court reporter handling the transcripts, she didn’t get back to the station. It does sound like she’s pretty busy right now.”
http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/19210256/rod-blagojevich-appeal-delayed-due-to-undone-transcripts-court-reporter-personal-leave-fox-chicago-exclusive#.UCCUBTqkK54.facebook

There is a reason that I keep presenting this video containing the audio of Rod Blagojevich wiretaps from November 2008. Blagojevich repeatedly speaks of Obama’s Rezko problem and that Obama has more connections to Rezko than he. Blagojevich also accurately states that the Chicago media has focused their attention on him instead of Obama.

Here are exerpts from the actual transcripts. The full transcripts can be read at the links below.

DATE: 11/05/2008
TIME: 8:58 A.M.
ACTIVITY: Rod Blagojevich home line incoming call.
SESSION: 262
SPEAKERS:
BLAGOJEVICH: Rod Blagojevich
HARRIS: John Harris

HARRIS You know, if I were him, um, you know, a top cabinet post, I don’t, I wouldn’t  consider it. I wouldn’t do it if I were him.

BLAGOJEVICH I agree with you.

HARRIS To be honest with you.

BLAGOJEVICH Because of Rezko.

HARRIS Because of Rezko and just because that’s not how I’m gonna build my team. It’s like the mayor, when we, whenever we filled, you know, top positions in city government?

DATE: 11/06/2008
TIME: 12:13 P.M.
ACTIVITY: Rod Blagojevich home line outgoing call.
SESSION: 345 and 347
SPEAKERS:
BLAGOJEVICH: Rod Blagojevich
P. BLAGOJEVICH: Patti Blagojevich

BLAGOJEVICH If you were the president of the United States and you can get your choice for senator who you really want. She really wants it. She’s on his ass, okay.

P. BLAGOJEVICH Yeah.

BLAGOJEVICH And you got a governor who makes the choice and he wants to be DHS. Okay,the Cabinet, he’d do it, but you don’t want all that ’cause of corru-, Rezko and all that shit.

(gap)

BLAGOJEVICH Yeah, that’s good. In other words, we’re predicating this on, Michelle Obama, he’s more hen pecked than me.

BLAGOJEVICH He wants to get out of Chicago politics. Okay. That’s their way of saying Rezko. HARRIS (Laughs)

BLAGOJEVICH Know what I’m sayin’?

DATE: 11/7/08
TIME: 11:06 A.M.
ACTIVITY: Rod Blagojevich home line incoming call.
SESSION: 375
SPEAKERS:
BLAGOJEVICH: Rod Blagojevich
SCOFIELD: Doug Scofield
P. BLAGOJEVICH Patti Blagojevich

BLAGOJEVICH: Hey. Hey. So, they want to get out of Chicago politics is a euphemism for, they want to get away from Rezko.

SCOFIELD: Oh yeah, I, yeah, I agree with that.

BLAGOJEVICH: Huh?

SCOFIELD: Yeah, I agree with that.

BLAGOJEVICH: Yeah, I’m gonna tell you something…

SCOFIELD: I mean I think it’s true, generally they don’t want to make any deals at all of any kind. But, yeah, no that’s, yeah, it’s Rezko. Yeah, I think that’s right.

(gap)

BLAGOJEVICH: Yeah, wants out of Chicago politics? Rezko, yeah.

SCOFIELD: Yeah, I agree.

DATE: 11/07/2008TIME: 4:11 P.M. ACTIVITY: Rod Blagojevich home line incoming call.SESSION: 403, 405, 406 and 408 Speakers:BLAGOJEVICH: Rod BlagojevichYANG: Fred YangHARRIS: John Harris STEWART: Mary Stewart

BLAGOJEVICH So he thought it through, you know, and he’s a little con-, concerned with, you know, well, maybe not right away and I say, “well, look, because, because of the Rezko stuff, Tom? Is that what you think?” And, well, he didn’t want directly say it so I talked about the Rezko stuff.

(gap)

BLAGOJEVICH That Barack would quote unquote, he wants to get away from Illinois politics. To me that’s a euphemism for Rezko.

YANG Right.

BLAGOJEVICH Okay?

YANG Well, and, and also, governor, he went with Rahm as chief of staff.

BLAGOJEVICH Correct.

YANG That’s another Illinois guy.

BLAGOJEVICH Correct. So Illinois politics to me is, and Axelrod, is more Rezko.

(gap)

BLAGOJEVICH … Now, you know I’m under, you know, what I believe is disgusting federal investigations, with them out to get me and I, I’ve been nothin’ but fuckin’ tryin’ to be very honest in my administration. You know made some misjudgements, but compared to even Obama, you know, I believe I’m more pristine on Rezko than him.

DATE: 11/12/2008
TIME: 10:44 A.M.
ACTIVITY: Rod Blagojevich home line incoming call.
SESSION: 545
SPEAKERS:
BLAGOJEVICH: Rod Blagojevich
HARRIS: John Harris

BLAGOJEVICH I just talked to Balanoff.

HARRIS Yeah. You called him?

BLAGOJEVICH Yeah.

HARRIS Okay.

BLAGOJEVICH It’s clear he got the message back from them they want no part of me. You know the Rezko thing and…

HARRIS Right, right.

BLAGOJEVICH I thin-, you know, it’s really, I get that I’m a big boy and I can handle that, but it’s really fucking galling, this guy is more Tony’d up than I am. And it’s almost like they fucking conspi-, made a concerted effort and they got the Chicago media to fucking make me wear Rezko more. To fucking dilute it from him.

DATE: 11/12/2008
TIME: 12:36 P.M.
ACTIVITY: Rod Blagojevich home line incoming call.
SESSION: 558
SPEAKERS:
BLAGOJEVICH: Rod Blagojevich
HARRIS: John Harris

BLAGOJEVICH I mean think about that. I mean they, they want me here in Illinois. That’s a faraway Illinois problem from my old life.

HARRIS Mm-hmm.

BLAGOJEVICH The governor’s got that problem with Rezko, boom. But if I’m in the Senate it’s not just mine anymore, it’s his too. Isn’t it? If the Rezko thing got worse?

HARRIS Mm-hmm, Mm-hmm. Well we’ve always thought that.

BLAGOJEVICH And, and from a legal stand point on the substance of, you know, did, did you do something wrong or didn’t do something wrong it doesn’t change that. But in terms of the, the people who are trying to chase all that down and does it change any dynamic if you’re there verses being left back here.

(gap)

BLAGOJEVICH But don’t forget uh, Obama’s gonna have uh, you know, do something about that. And is Obama more or less likely to wanna contain that if I’m out there with him. I mean I’ve got this theory that even Knapp says could be possible and Balanoff. You know, Axelrod and Obama’s people, you know, clearly turned, you know, got the Chicago media to make Rezko all about me. And hardly about…

HARRIS Yeah, in other words, they focus their,they focus their attention on you. They couldn’t make it go away so the bes-, next best strategy is deflect it.

BLAGOJEVICH Right.

HARRIS This is somewhere where it, it’ll satisfy the, the hunger of the beast, being the media.

BLAGOJEVICH Right, right.

HARRIS Yeah, it makes sense. It’s not a stretch. If I’m, if I’m his message advisor, media advisor or whatever, operative, yeah I’m gonna try to feed the beast by giving ‘em something else to eat on.

BLAGOJEVICH So, if I wanna be safe from Rezko, am I a little bit safer over there with him.

DATE: 11/13/2008
TIME: 12:35 P.M.
ACTIVITY: Rod Blagojevich home line incoming call.
SESSION: 627
SPEAKERS:
BLAGOJEVICH: Rod Blagojevich
SCOFIELD: Doug Scofield

BLAGOJEVICH He wants to keep Rezko a million miles away, you know what I’m saying?

SCOFIELD Yeah, ah, clearly.

BLAGOJEVICH Huh?

SCOFIELD Yeah. There’s no question about that.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/hot/us_v_blagojevich_exhibits/2010_06_23/transcript_11_05_2008_0858am.pdf

http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/hot/us_v_blagojevich_exhibits/2010_06_23/transcript_11_06_2008_1213pm.pdf

http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/hot/us_v_blagojevich_exhibits/2010_06_30/transcript_11_07_2008_1106am.pdf

http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/hot/us_v_blagojevich_exhibits/2010_06_24/transcript_11_07_2008_0411pm.pdf

http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/hot/us_v_blagojevich_exhibits/2010_06_29/transcript_11_12_2008_1044am.pdf

http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/hot/us_v_blagojevich_exhibits/2010_06_24/transcript_11_12_2008_1236pm.pdf

http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/hot/us_v_blagojevich_exhibits/2010_06_30/transcript_11_13_2008_1235pm.pdf