The Blago Holdout
Ace has some information on the lone holdout that I don’t think you’ll find anywhere else.
We prosecutors have a saying: Cases are won or lost in jury selection. Now, a) I have made some mistakes over the years, and b) I’m reluctant to second-guess another prosecutor’s decisions when I wasn’t there.
That said —
The Government deserved to lose this one.
Here’s what Ace has pulled from the pretrial coverage:
Juror # 106, a black female believed to be in her 60s, is a retired state public health director who has ties to the Chicago Urban League. She has handed out campaign literature for a relative who ran for public office. She listens to National Public Radio and liberal talk radio shows.
She has ties to the Chicago Urban League (as Ace points out, a group of community organizers) and listens to liberal talk radio shows. (Apparently Big Media is omitting that part of the description from its current coverage, but Ace found it.)
Yeah, she sounds like the perfect juror for a politically charged case that put an Obama crony on trial.
The case was lost the moment the Assistant U.S. Attorney uttered these words: “The Government accepts the panel.”
At that point, it was all over.